One aim of the ERD3 is to produce and promote a comprehensive set of recommendations for the next U.S. administration to accelerate the development and deployment of low-carbon-energy technologies. The project has three primary goals:
- Develop a way to assess opportunities in energy research, development, and demonstration (ERD&D) investment and producing a set of comprehensive recommendations for the U.S. administration’s investment in ERD&D.
- Prepare an annual analysis and set of recommendations on the Department of Energy’s ERD&D budget.
- Understand the private sector’s current role in carrying out and funding of ERD&D in United States and internationally, drawing conclusions about effective structures of public-private undertakings, areas of opportunity, and strategies on international cooperation on energy-technology innovation.
The development of comprehensive policy recommendations for a greatly expanded U.S. federal energy-technology endeavor will require, among other things, a study of the effectiveness of past and current U.S. energy-technology innovation policies and programs, assessing the innovation system as a whole, from basic energy research to early deployment and widespread diffusion.
The project will also develop a set of criteria for designing an expanded portfolio of federal ERD&D activities, identify logistical, institutional, and distributional challenges to a large increase in spending and the widespread diffusion of low-carbon technologies, and discuss potential incentives to overcome such challenges.
On an annual basis, project members will evaluate the U.S. federal energy research, development, and demonstration spending. The effort builds on the efforts of ETIP, which has been keeping track of federal ERD&D expenditures back to 1978.
Finally, it is crucial to study and compare energy-technology innovation activities in the public and private sectors in Europe, Japan, China, India, Brazil, and other large economies to better understand the global picture of energy technologies. The analysis of the private sector and international picture will also let the ERD3 project identify energy technology areas the United States ought to be filling.
The Harvard ERD3 project will convene workshops, and has a distinguished Advisory Committee with members from academia, industry, and the nonprofit sector. The dissemination of the project’s final and intermediate analysis and recommendations regarding U.S. energy-technology innovation policy to appropriate stakeholders will be a crucial part of the ERD3 activities.
Core members of the ERD3 project are:
Venkatesh “Venky” Narayanamurti, Co-Principal Investigator
Matthew Bunn, Co-Principal Investigator
Kelly Sims Gallagher, Senior Associate
Laura Diaz Anadon, Project Manager
Melissa Chan, Research Fellow (until December 2010)
Charles Jones, Research Fellow
Ruud Kempener, Research Fellow
Audrey Lee, Research Fellow
Nathaniel Logar, Research Fellow
Gabriel Chan, Research Assistant
The ERD3 Project is funded by a grant of $1.46 million from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
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