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Restarting the Palisades Nuclear Plant and Keeping Momentum on Clean Energy

Outside of loans, the federal government can do more to support the restart and ensure other nuclear plants continue generating clean baseload energy for as long as safely possible.

04.11.24 | 4 min read
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CHIPS and Science Funding Gaps Continues to Stifle Scientific Competitiveness

The ongoing failure of the U.S. to invest comes at a time when our competitors continue to up their investments in science.

04.08.24 | 8 min read
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Report
Predicting Progress: A Pilot of Expected Utility Forecasting in Science Funding

Science funding agencies are biased against risk, making transformative research difficult to fund. Forecast-based approaches to grantmaking could improve funding outcomes for high-risk, high-reward research.

03.18.24 | 27 min read
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Dr. Shawn Chen, Office of Science, Practical Science for the Future of Clean Energy

With a PhD in materials science, a postdoc position at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and a stint as a AAAS Fellow, Dr. Shawn Chen has had a range of roles in the research community.

03.14.24 | 5 min read
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Scaling AI Safely: Can Preparedness Frameworks Pull Their Weight?

Like climate change, the societal risks from AI will likely come from the cumulative impact of many different systems. Unilateral commitments are poor tools to address such risks.

03.05.24 | 19 min read
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Dr. Hannah Schlaerth, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, Clearing the Air with the Clean Energy Corps

Despite the uphill battle the country is facing, Dr. Schlaerth feels optimistic about the future possibilities of industrial decarbonization.

02.27.24 | 5 min read
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Stephanie Bostwick, Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Training the Next Generation of Clean Energy Experts

“The awesome thing is that folks are really interested in a conversion to clean energy and what they can do to support the Tribe. It’s really fun to go out there and see that people want to move in that direction.”

02.13.24 | 5 min read
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Policy Memo
Automating Scientific Discovery: A Research Agenda for Advancing Self-Driving Labs

Despite significant advances in scientific tools and methods, the traditional, labor-intensive model of scientific research in materials discovery has seen little innovation.

01.31.24 | 7 min read
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Policy Memo
Finding True North: How Community Navigator Programs Can Forward Distributional Justice

Community navigator programs can provide much-needed capacity combined with deep place-based knowledge to create local champions with expertise in accessing federal funding.

01.30.24 | 15 min read
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Dr. Adria Brooks, Grid Deployment Office,
Transmission Champion

From the forests of Western Massachusetts, to the desert mountains of Arizona, to the frosty fields of Wisconsin, Dr. Adria Brooks has made a career out of teaching others why they should care about clean energy.

01.22.24 | 6 min read
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Dr. Olivia Lee, Grid Deployment Office (GDO),
Fighting for Resilient Communities

From the rugged snowbanks of Alaska to the tropical seaside of Hawai’i, Dr. Olivia Lee Mei Ling has sought to improve the access to, and delivery of, energy. To understand her journey to the Department of Energy and her work today, our story begins in Alaska.

01.17.24 | 6 min read
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Laying the Foundation for the Low-Carbon Cement and Concrete Industry

Cement and concrete production is one of the hardest industries to decarbonize. Using its Other Transactions Authority, DOE could design a demand-support program involving double-sided auctions, contracts for difference, or price and volume guarantees.

01.16.24 | 17 min read
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