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Transforming U.S. Energy Innovation

  • Students, researchers and policy makers can use this text to familiarize themselves with questions that continue to worry us concerning US technology policy
  • Analyzes how different technologies might interact, complementing or competing with each other
  • Explores how the US government can maximize the returns on its energy innovation investments

By: Laura Diaz Anadon(Author), Matthew Bunn(Author), Venky Narayanamurti(Author)

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Dec 2014 | #211322 | ISBN-13: 9781107043718
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One of the greatest challenges facing human civilization is the provision of secure, affordable energy without causing catastrophic environmental damage. As the world's largest economy, and as a world leader in energy technologies, the United States is a particularly important case. In the light of increased competition from other countries (particularly China), growing concerns about the local and global environmental impacts of the energy system, an ever-present interest in energy security, and the realization that technological innovation takes place in a complex ecosystem involving a wide range of domestic and international actors, Transforming U.S. Energy Innovation provides a comprehensive and analytical assessment of the role that the U.S. government should play in energy technology innovation. It will be invaluable for policy makers in energy innovation and for researchers studying energy innovation, future energy technologies, climate-change mitigation, and innovation management. It will also act as a supplementary textbook for courses on energy and innovation.


1. The need to transform US energy innovation Matthew Bunn, Laura Diaz Anadon and Venkatesh Narayanamurti
2. Expanding, and improving targeting of, US investment in energy innovation: an analytical approach Laura Diaz Anadon, Gabriel Chan and Audrey Lee
3. Reforming US energy innovation institutions: maximizing the return on investment Nathaniel Logar, Venkatesh Narayanamurti and Laura Diaz Anadon
4. Encouraging private-sector energy technology innovation and public-private cooperation Charles Jones, Laura Diaz Anadon and Venkatesh Narayanamurti
5. Maximizing the benefit from international energy innovation cooperation Ruud Kempener, Matthew Bunn and Laura Diaz Anadon
6. Transforming US energy innovation: how do we get there? Laura Diaz Anadon, Venkatesh Narayanamurti and Matthew Bunn

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Laura Diaz Anadon is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Associate Director of the Science Technology and Public Policy Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Her research focuses on energy- and environment-oriented technological progress and on the role of government policy. Her articles have been published in a variety of journals, including Environmental Science and Technology, Energy Economics, Research Policy, and Issues in Science and Technology. She was on the advisory board of the Accelerating Energy Innovation Project at the International Energy Agency and has been a consultant for various international organizations and government officials around the world on policy for energy innovation.

Matthew Bunn is Professor of Practice at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. His research interests include policies for energy innovation, nuclear theft and terrorism, nuclear proliferation and measures to control it, and the future of nuclear energy and its fuel cycle. Before Harvard, Bunn served as an adviser to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as a study director at the National Academy of Sciences, and as editor of Arms Control Today. He is the author or coauthor of more than twenty books and major technical reports and more than a hundred articles in publications ranging from Science to the Washington Post. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a recipient of the Joseph A. Burton Forum Award from the American Physical Society, and the recipient of the Hans A. Bethe Award from the Federation of American Scientists for science in service to a more secure world. He serves on the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee of the US Department of Energy.

Venky Narayanamurti is the Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy and Professor of Physics at Harvard University. He has previously served as director of the Solid State Electronics Research Laboratory at Bell Labs; Vice President for Research and Exploratory Technology at Sandia National Laboratories; Dean of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara; and founding dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He has been elected to memberships in the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He has served on numerous advisory boards for the federal government, research universities, national laboratories, and industry. These have included chair of the Inertial Confinement Fusion Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Energy; chair of the Committee of Visitors of the Division of Materials Research, National Science Foundation; member of the President's Council for the University of California Managed National Laboratories; member of the Governing Board of Brookhaven National Laboratory; and the Brains Trust of ARPA-E of the U.S. Department of Energy.

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