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To better support U.S. innovation, modernize the Energy Department

Jeremy Harrell writes in The Washington Times that the U.S. needs to modernize the Department of Energy.

The C3 Take
  • The Department of Energy (DOE) is the largest funder of energy innovation in the world and plays a pivotal role in unleashing next-generation technologies.
  • Organizational inefficiencies are holding the Department back from reaching its full potential, which hurts taxpayers and our energy systems.
  • A report from ClearPath outlines several reforms that DOE should undergo to improve efficiency and streamline innovation.
  • These include changing the organizational structure and modernizing permitting for projects that have received DOE funding.

“The Department must take steps to better align with industry to advance its technology demonstration mission while protecting U.S. intellectual property from foreign adversaries. One way it can do this is to prioritize the permitting process for DOE-awarded projects. Absent a commitment from DOE to expedite permitting, many of these projects will encounter avoidable delays, jeopardizing potential investment and ultimately succumbing to the ‘Valley of Death.’ While projects will potentially require permits from a dozen agencies, the DOE will be on the receiving end of Congressional scrutiny should they miss key milestones.”

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