National Journal discusses the new energy economics: how technology and innovation is powering our economy.
In 2012, the Obama Administration laid out a blueprint for a new era of American energy - an economy fueled by energy sources that will be designed in America and produced by American workers. In the energy sector, creating jobs and strengthening the economy means reducing the cost of production and encouraging research and development on a wide spectrum of energy sources: wind, solar, hydropower, nuclear, along with coal, oil and natural gas. Breakthroughs in technology are helping the industry to be smarter, safer and more affordable. While the debate on how to reduce the cost associated with implementing energy policies, increasing efficiency, and achieving environmental goals is ongoing, new advancements in energy can accelerate economic growth.
How much can new energy technologies contribute to our economy and energy security? Can we simultaneously meet society's goals of economic growth, security, and promote an all of the above approach to energy sources? Join National Journal and The Atlantic to discuss the broad range of advancements in the energy industry and the effect they have on economic growth in America.
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic as well as editor in chief of Atlantic LIVE. He also publishes the popular political blog, The Washington Note at The Atlantic.com. Steve is Senior Fellow and Founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. Clemons writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic policy challenges.
Brian Deese is the Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. At the White House, Deese is charged with coordinating policy development on several Administration economic priorities including tax policy, financial regulation, housing, clean energy, manufacturing, and the automotive industry. Before he joined the Administration, in January of 2009, Deese worked as a member of the Economic Policy Working Group for the Obama-Biden transition team and was the Deputy Economic Policy Director to the Obama Campaign, where he helped craft the 2008 economic campaign platform. Prior to this Deese served as Economic Policy Director for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
Previously, Deese spent three years at the Center for American Progress where he worked as a Senior Policy Analyst for Economic Policy. His work centered on fiscal policy, international trade, and globalization. Deese has also worked at the Center for Global Development where he co-wrote the book, Delivering on Debt Relief. In addition, his writing has appeared in numerous publications including the Washington Monthly, International Herald Tribune, and the Atlantic Economic Journal. Deese is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where he received J.D., and Middlebury College.
Doug Egan is the co-founder and CEO of Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. Prior to forming CPV, Egan was Senior Vice President for Development at PG&E Generating Company, formerly US Generating Company, and served as Vice President of Development at J. Makowski Company of Boston.
Egan is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Cornell Law School.
Amy Harder reports on energy and the environment for National Journal and moderates an expert blog on the topic as well. She also previously covered the selection of a new Supreme Court justice, writing for National Journal’s The Ninth Justice blog. Harder has covered a variety of topics since coming to National Journal in May 2008, including foreign policy, national security and political advertising. Prior to her time here, Harder was a staff writer for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Harder is originally from Washington State and received a B.A. in journalism with honors from Western Washington University.
Elgie Holstein coordinates strategy and policy work and represents Environmental Defense Fund's programs to policymakers, supporters, and the media. Prior to joining EDF, Holstein was a senior adviser to the Obama presidential campaign on energy and environmental policy matters and co-director of the Department of Energy presidential transition team.
Holstein also has served as Energy and Environment Staff Director for the National Conference of State Legislatures, worked as a congressional staff member specializing in environment and energy policy, and served as president of a national non-profit consumer financial education organization.
David W. Kreutzer
David Kreutzer is the Research Fellow in Energy Economics and Climate Change at The Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis.
Before joining Heritage in February 2008, Kreutzer was an economist at Berman and Company, a Washington-based public affairs firm. From 1984 to 2007, he taught economics at Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., where he also served as Director of the International Business Program.
In addition, Kreutzer was a Visiting Economist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1994 and was a visiting economics instructor at Ohio University in the early 1980s.
Kreutzer earned a doctorate in economics from George Mason University in 1984. He also has a bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from Virginia Tech.
Daniel Yates, CEO and Founder, is responsible for the vision, strategy, and leadership of OPOWER. OPOWER is the second company that Daniel Yates has started. Prior to founding OPOWER, Daniel Yates was founder and CEO of Edusoft, the leading educational software company providing assessment platforms to US public school districts.
Daniel Yates led the company from inception to national success and recognized leadership in the market and sold the 150-person, $20M revenue company to Boston-based publishing company Houghton Mifflin in 2004. After his departure from Houghton Mifflin, Daniel Yates embarked on a year-long adventure with his wife, driving from the Arctic Sea in Alaska to the southern tip of South America. Over the course of this trip, Daniel Yates became aware of the shocking degradation of the environment, and he subsequently resolved to dedicate his life to sustaining what's left of our beautiful natural world.
In 2009, Daniel Yates was named a "Tech Titan" by Washingtonian magazine and was a finalist for the Ernst and Young 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year award. Daniel Yates received his B.A. in Computer Science, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard University.
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