Energy Policy 2015: More Progress Without a Plan?

It’s not news that the U.S. does not have a comprehensive national energy policy. The International Energy Agency confirms this lack yet again in its latest review of the U.S energy sector, its first since 2008. The report states that the absence of a nationally uniform plan has cramped innovation, due to uncertainties about subsidies, tax credits, and other forms of policy support. However, the review also notes that “there have been significant improvements” and points out that the Climate Action Plan “has the potential to guide the U.S. economy away from its reliance on fossil fuels and towards a more sustainable energy system.” It seems that the drive toward renewable sources and technological innovation is proceeding, even if piecemeal.

John Howell, Editorial Director