Feb 9

Past Event

New Paradigms in Energy Research

Event Materials



  • Network of Regional Institutes Best Way to Deploy Energy Innovation

    Amy Liu reminds federal leaders that, as a nation of metropolitan economies, a network of regional institutes is the best way to deploy energy innovation.

    Amy Liu

  • Keith W. Cooley

    Without the time, the money or the resources for business as usual, Cooley says, our challenge is to find an energy model that works on a national scale.

  • The Honorable Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

    The senator calls for a new era of green energy research that draws on America''s strengths.

  • James Duderstadt

    Dr. Duderstadt outlines the federal investment that could establish the energy innovation institutes. The money is there, he says, we just need the will.

  • E. Gordon Gee

    Moments that are particularly vexing, says Dr. Gee, are also moments ripe for revolution. He urges a new intellectual infrastructure.

  • Michael M. Crow

    Money alone will not make this new energy paradigm work, warns Dr. Crow. We need the change of mindset outlined in this new report.

  • Jeffrey Wadsworth

    Wadsworth urges a systems-view to grappling with the energy problem.


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With new national leadership committed to investing in clean energy technology,the time is right to consider new paradigms for U.S. energy research. In view of that, a new Blueprint for American Prosperity report, “Energy Discovery-Innovation Institutes: A Step toward America's Energy Sustainability,” argues that America’s capacity for groundbreaking energy research, development and commercialization can be enhanced through the creation of a network of energy-oriented “discovery-innovation institutes” (e-DIIs)—highly networked, multidisciplinary, applications-oriented research centers designed to complement the nation’s federal laboratories and corporate R&D centers with a radically different model for converting breakthrough inventions into market-ready technology.

On February 9, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings hosted an event to present the new proposal. After opening remarks by Amy Liu, deputy director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, Senator Sherrod Brown gave an address. The report’s lead author James Duderstadt, president emeritus of the University of Michigan, presented the e-DII concept. Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University, and E. Gordon Gee, president of The Ohio State University, provided additional comments. Prominent voices in industry, education, the environmental community and government commented on the role the institutes can play in reinvigorating America’s economy, tackling security challenges and responding to global climate change.

After the presentation, panelists took audience questions.

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Event Agenda

  • Welcome

  • Introductory Remarks

    • Keith W. Cooley

      CEO, NextEnergy

  • Featured Speaker

    • The Honorable Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

      United States Senate

  • Moderator

  • Overview: Energy Discovery-Innovation Institutes

    • James Duderstadt

      President Emeritus, University of Michigan

    • E. Gordon Gee

      President, The Ohio State University

    • Michael M. Crow

      President, Arizona State University

  • Roundtable: Toward New Paradigms for U.S. Energy Research

    • William Bates (Moderator)

      Vice President for Government Affairs, Council on Competitiveness

    • Michael Shellenberger

      President, Breakthrough Institute

    • John Denniston

      Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

    • Howard Berke

      Executive Chairman and Co-founder, Konarka Technologies, Inc.

    • Billy M. Glover

      Managing Director—Environmental Strategy, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

    • William Harris

      President and CEO, Science Foundation Arizona

    • M. Peter McPherson

      President, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges

  • Reflections

    • Jeffrey Wadsworth

      President and CEO, Battelle Memorial Institute


February 9, 2009

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

National Press Club

529 14th Street, NW


For More Information

Lael Harris

(202) 238-3514