Replacing tedium with transformation: why the US Department of Energy needs to change the way it conducts long-term R&D

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2008) Replacing tedium with transformation: why the US Department of Energy needs to change the way it conducts long-term R&D. Energy Policy, 36 (3). pp. 923-928. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

To avoid promoting technologies that merely produce incremental change, the US Department of Energy needs to establish a new organization designed to focus on transformational R&D projects. From its inception in 1977, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has been responsible for maintaining the nation's nuclear stockpile, leading the country in terms of basic research, setting national energy goals, and managing thousands of individual programs. Despite these responsibilities, however, the DOE research and development (R&D) model does not appear to offer the nation an optimal strategy for assessing long-term energy challenges. American energy policy continues to face constraints related to an overly rigid management structure and loss of mission within the DOE, layers of stove-piping within and between the national laboratories, and inadequate public and private funding for energy R&D. To address these concerns, an independent organization dedicated to transformative, creative energy R&D is required.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 10:48
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 09:24
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58132
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