Energy Innovation: Fixing the Technical Fix

Energy Innovation: Fixing the Technical Fix

by Lewis Perelman
Energy Innovation: Fixing the Technical Fix

Energy Innovation: Fixing the Technical Fix

by Lewis Perelman



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Energy policy is a mess: a tangle of interconnected problems stirred by competing political agendas. Whether it’s soaring fuel prices, noxious pollution, climate worries, security risks, or threats to the economy and jobs, energy politics are vexed by the tendency of single-issue solutions to make other problems worse.

Many look to technology to break the logjam. But current energy technology mostly is either cheap or “clean”—not both.

With "Energy Innovation," Lewis J. Perelman builds on the emerging consensus of leading analysts who insist that accelerating innovation to create new, breakthrough technology is essential to resolving the mess of energy-related problems.

Yet Perelman warns that achieving really effective technical fixes is easier said than done. Simply throwing more money at R&D is not the answer. The author lists a number of real-world hurdles to creating useful innovations—including corruption, special interest lobbying, money and budget issues, tensions between government and private sector roles, and political instability. And financially strapped governments simply may not have the money others have called for.

To fix the technical fix, Perelman proposes a Plan B strategy for innovation-on-a-budget. Plan B begins with the recognition that a big energy innovation program need not be big in cost to the public treasury to be big in the scope of its reach, engagement, diversity, and impacts.

Instead, Plan B emphasizes decentralizing and opening up energy innovation efforts to broad, international participation by individuals, businesses, philanthropies, and nongovernment/nonacademic organizations—taking full advantage of the mesh of modern information technology.

In Perelman’s prescription, the open innovation model increasingly being applied in both science and industry provides the key to untangling the energy policy mess. Recent experience shows that open crowdsourcing can produce solutions in as little as days to problems that have stumped experts for years.

Applying social and political realism to the big picture of technical challenges, "Energy Innovation" provides an original, timely roadmap toward a more energy-secure global economy.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940014796163
Publisher: Intersect Publications
Publication date: 06/12/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 274 KB

About the Author

Dr. Lewis J. Perelman has had extensive experience as a consultant, policy analyst, and strategist. He has helped public and private organizations to innovate, improve performance, manage risks, and reduce costs. In the past he worked on federal solar and renewable energy programs at two U.S. national laboratories. He also has been a fellow of the Hudson Institute, the Homeland Security Institute, and the Homeland Security Policy Institute. Dr. Perelman’s previous books include the best-seller School’s Out as well as The Learning Enterprise and The Global Mind. He also edited Energy Transitions: Long-Term Perspectives and contributed chapters to that book as well as to Energy, Economics, and the Environment (G.A. Daneke, ed.) and Market Liberalism: A Paradigm for the 21st Century (D. Boaz and E.H. Crane, eds.).

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