Humphrey School News—December 6, 2017

Six Principles for Energy Innovation

Decades of experience must inform future initiatives, writes Humphrey School's Gabe Chan

Gabe Chan, assistant professor in the Humphrey School's Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) area, is co-author of a commentary in the most recent issue of the journal Nature Energy Here's a synopsis. 

Governments need to give technical experts more autonomy and hold their nerve to provide more long-term stability when investing in clean energy, argue researchers in climate change policy in a new paper published in the journal Nature Energy

The authors, from institutions in the United States and United Kingdom, have set out six guiding principles for investment in world-changing energy innovation, based on an analysis of the last 20 years of "what works" in clean energy research.

Their principles also include the need to channel innovation into the private sector through formal tech transfer programs, and to think in terms of lasting knowledge creation rather than "quick win" potential when funding new projects.

A comprehensive global assessment of energy innovation programs is needed to learn from collective experience and to establish best practices. Our six principles to guide public initiatives for energy innovation are starting points. 

Read the complete article at Nature Energy 

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