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The National Innovation Pathway of the United States Report Highlights Federal Efforts to Make Clean Energy More Affordable and Accessible for American Households [OSTP blog]

Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Department of State released the National Innovation Pathway Report, highlighting the Biden-Harris Administration’s all-hands-on-deck strategy for accelerating key clean energy technology innovations.

The Administration is advancing a three-pronged approach that prioritizes innovation, demonstration, and deployment to scale the technologies the United States needs to achieve its goals of a carbon pollution-free electricity sector by no later than 2035 and a net-zero emissions economy by no later than 2050.

The report highlights the Administration’s efforts across this landscape, including the DOE Energy EarthshotsTM targets, funding for large demonstration projects in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, incentives for clean energy technologies in the Inflation Reduction Act, and more.

In addition to achieving our climate goals, clean energy innovation will improve the lives of all Americans by making the air we breathe cleaner, lowering energy costs for hardworking families, and creating good-paying jobs in the United States.

The report is also a key contribution to Mission Innovation, an international organization comprised of 23 member countries and the European Union. Mission Innovation is focused on catalyzing a decade of action through its research missions and increasing investment in research, development, and demonstration to make clean energy more affordable, attractive, and accessible for all. The United States plays a leading role, chairing Mission Innovation’s steering committee and co-leading several missions.

Historic investments, interagency and international collaboration, close partnerships with the private sector, and a “let’s get it done” attitude are supercharging the U.S. clean energy innovation ecosystem. Through this work, the Biden-Harris Administration is strengthening the foundation for a more affordable, more reliable, and cleaner energy system for the 21st century.

Report summary excerpt:
[T]he United States has a threefold net-zero technology action plan (as illustrated in Figure 1) which will:
• Invest in R&D for a portfolio of game-changing innovations to ensure that there is an adequate suite of technologies to reliably, affordably, and equitably achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. . . .
• Demonstrate and support early deployment of emerging technologies. . . .
• Use regulations and financial incentives to accelerate manufacturing, deployment, and adoption of technologies that are available today, such as solar, wind, batteries, electric vehicles, and highly efficient appliances and equipment, as well as an expanded transmission network to support more renewable energy and electrification.  
Mission Innovation: http://mission-innovation.net/
National Clean Energy Innovation Pathway of the United States https://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/news-updates/2023/04/20/mission-innovation-national-innovation-pathway-of-the-united-states/
Blog: https://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/news-updates/2023/04/20/new-report-details-clean-energy-technology-innovation-activities-across-the-federal-government/

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