Acting in Time on Energy

Climate disruption, fuel price spikes, energy security – these issues are being constantly discussed and debated by policy makers and the public alike, and the consequences of inaction are both foreseeable and preventable. But will we act in time?

Acting in Time on Energy is an initiative of the Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) research group of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The purpose of the initiative is to address major topics related to energy challenges facing the U.S. and to make recommendations to the U.S. government on tackling these problems in time to make a difference.

The Acting in Time on Energy initiative includes three major components:

(1) A conference in September 2008 of high-level energy and climate experts who addressed and brainstormed solutions to six topics: climate change policy, carbon capture and storage policy, oil security policy, energy-technology innovation policy, electricity market structure, and infrastructure policy.

(2) Publication of a book, “Acting in Time on Energy Policy,” with recommendations to the U.S. government on these topics. The book release was highlighted in May 2009 with a panel discussion by the authors during an event in Washington, D.C.

(3) Presentation of recommendations to selected policymakers and press in Washington, D.C.

The authors briefed key congressional members and staffers for relevant committees as well as Department of Energy officials on the recommendations.

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