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Brookings Scholar: Charles Ebinger

UNLV Faculty: Robert Boehm, Director, Energy Research Center

Project: Energy Security Initiative Event: Scaling Up Solar: How Far Can We Go?

The green technology boom is being heralded as the next technological revolution, able to lower greenhouse gas emissions, promote economic growth and create millions of new jobs. A number of new policies are being adopted at both the national and local levels to foster the growth and adoption of the new green technologies including production tax credits for solar, wind and geothermal; renewable portfolio standards; and feed-in tariffs, to name a few. Solar energy has benefitted from increased private investment and public subsidies in recent years but seems to remain ever on the edge of breakthrough. Robert Boehm participated in a panel, "Technology, Market Deployment and Job Development," at this Brookings Institution event, held on April 28, 2010.

Brookings Scholar: Charles Ebinger

UNLV Faculty: Anthony Hechanova, Associate Executive Director, Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies

Project: U.S.–China Clean Energy Cooperation

As part of the Brookings Institution 3-year Clean Technology program with China each year both countries will pick two topics for more detailed examination. This year the topics are clean coal and nuclear energy. Working groups created to address each topic seek the best technical expertise available. The product of each working group is to be a 20–30 page policy paper highlighting what needs to be done to accelerate the deployment of these technologies, including the identification of obstacles and steps necessary to overcome these challenges. I am in the process in putting the two groups together, with assistance from colleagues at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Each group will have 10–12 experts and will comprise people from academia, think tanks, energy companies, NGO’s, the environmental community, and government service. Members need to be "big thinkers" and not ideologues (e.g. people who may have creative solutions but who may be hesitant to address real problems where they exist). Given the current situation in China, the papers should be ready for presentation at the end of July for a meeting in Beijing.

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