National Energy Storage Initiative

Author: David Hart


A proposal outlining steps for the next Administration to establish a national initiative built around ambitious goals to accelerate development and deployment of dramatically improved energy-storage technologies. Developing such technologies would help establish a strategic new domestic manufacturing sector. Deploying such technologies would expand the range of low-carbon pathways available to fight climate change—especially those relying on variable renewable energy resources, like wind and solar power. Deploying such technologies would also improve the performance of smartphones, drones, and other vital electronic tools of the 21st century.

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About the Author

David M. Hart is Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). Prof. Hart’s research focuses on clean energy innovation policy. His recent work for ITIF include “Less Certain than Death: Using Tax Incentives to Drive Clean Energy Innovation” (December 2019), “The Global Energy Innovation Index: National Contributions to the Global Clean Energy Innovation System” (August 2019); “Making “Beyond Lithium” a Reality: Fostering Innovation in Long-Duration Grid Storage” (November 2018); and “Beyond the Pork Barrel: An Assessment of the Obama Administration’s Energy Demonstration Projects (which was published in Energy Policy, in August 2018). He co-authored the April 2018 MIT Energy Innovation working paper “Energy Storage for the Grid: Policy Options for Sustaining Innovation” with William B. Bonvillian, and Unlocking Energy Innovation (MIT Press, 2012) with Richard K. Lester.  Prof. Hart served as senior associate dean of the Schar School from 2013 to 2015 and as assistant director for innovation policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from 2011 to 2012. He co-chairs the Innovation Policy Forum at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.