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By Matthew Stepp on Dec 11, 2012 with no responses

An Introduction to Fueling Innovation

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I’m very excited to join the team at Consumer Energy Report! The analysis and commentary from CER’s contributors are first-rate and are playing an important role engaging readers in the most pressing energy and climate debates of our time. Before diving into commentary, I want to take a moment to introduce myself and my background.

First, a little bit about my day job. I’m a Senior Policy Analyst at the non-partisan think tank the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. ITIF’s mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, nationally, regionally, and in the states. Our underpinning philosophy is that innovation is at the center of ensuring prosperity and economic growth, and crafting effective public policies is critical to spurring innovation. ITIF’s work covers a broad spectrum of issues including government investment, tax, trade, regulatory policies, technology, and education policy.

In particular, I direct ITIF’s Energy Innovation program, which advances smart clean energy policies that spur the development of cost-competitive, better performing low-carbon energy technologies. My point of view is that clean energy innovation will be the vehicle through which the United States and the world dramatically reduces carbon emissions and becomes energy secure, while boosting economic growth. I consider global climate change one of the central technological and policy-related issues facing the United States and the world, a perspective  influenced by a strong background in atmospheric science (B.S. in Meteorology from Millersville University) and science policy (M.S. in Public Policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology).

This column will focus not only on the central role innovation must play to address our energy and climate challenges, but also on the policies, public investments, and institutional ecosystems that fuel energy innovation. My goal is to include weekly articles, interviews with relevant stakeholders in the energy policy space, and occasional guest contributors to facilitate debate on particular issues. In other words, this will be a hub for all things energy innovation.