Clean Energy and Modern Infrastructure — Pillars of Future Growth

In 2009, PPI launched the E3 Initiative — a coalition of businesses working to develop and drive new policy frameworks to build a clean economy. With the E3 Initiative, PPI started from the premise that, especially in matters of energy and environment, the best policy options will often be developed in partnership with the business community.

The E3 Initiative includes representatives from large entities such as Pepco Energy Services, Lockheed Martin, SRA, and Hogan & Hartson, as well as small and mid-size businesses such efficiency firms Opower and Earth Aid, alternative energy company Solazyme, venture fund/incubator Virgance, and consulting firms Pure Strategies, David Gardiner & Associates, Environmental Security International, and Tech Vision 21. The E3 Initiative is also working with the Clean Economy Network, an industry coalition with dozens of partners, to provide members with a policy development outlet.

Currently, E3’s participants are collaborating on three efforts: the Rebuild America Task Force, which is working on infrastructure policy, with a special focus on high-speed rail; the Efficiency Working Group, which is developing proposals for increasing efficiency in the U.S., particularly in the commercial building sector; and the National Security Working Group, which is working on the intersection of clean energy and “hard power” concerns such as mission effectiveness within the Pentagon. Each group is developing proposals and white papers that will be distributed in the coming months.

As one example of E3’s work so far, a few days in advance of the administration’s announcement of $8 billion in high-speed rail funds in January 2010, the Rebuild America Task Force published “Fast Track to the Future” by rail expert Mark Reutter, an influential report detailing a bold new approach that was cited in newspapers, blog coverage, and broadcast media around the country, including Time Magazine and NPR.

The project is chaired by PPI Senior Fellow Mike Signer, Ph.D., a lawyer in private practice in Virginia, author, Virginia Tech professor, and former candidate for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.


Articles

Death of Cap-and-Trade?

July 8, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

A Nation of Pilot Projects?

July 7, 2010 by Mike Signer

The State of U.S. Infrastructure: A Snapshot

June 30, 2010 by Norman Anderson

Learning from Eurostar, Where London Meets Paris

June 28, 2010 by Mark Reutter

Among Industry, Surprising Support for a Carbon Price

June 22, 2010 by Mike Signer

So Much for Market Mechanisms

June 18, 2010 by Ed Kilgore

Dealing With a Different Wheel

June 17, 2010 by Ed Kilgore

A Deafening Silence on Pricing Carbon

June 16, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

The War on Oil?

June 16, 2010 by Will Marshall

Climate Legislation in the Balance

June 14, 2010 by Will Marshall

Is 100% American Content the Best Route for High-Speed Rail?

June 14, 2010 by Mark Reutter

Did Nikki Haley Help Kill Cap-and-Trade?

June 10, 2010 by Ed Kilgore

Africa’s First High-Speed Railway Opens for World Cup

June 8, 2010 by Mark Reutter

Cutting the Tether Webcast

June 7, 2010 by Steven Chlapecka

Stop the Spill, Pass the Bill

June 3, 2010 by Will Marshall

How Does Kerry-Lieberman Stack Up Under the “Cheat Sheet”

May 19, 2010 by Danny Morris and Nathan Richardson

Partnering with the Private Sector to Fill the Infrastructure Gap

May 19, 2010 by Michael Conneran

In Oregon, Signs of the Clean Energy Future

May 17, 2010 by Mike Signer

Cutting the Tether: Enhancing the U.S. Military’s Energy Performance

May 13, 2010 by James Morin

Cheat Sheet for Climate Policy: A PPI Series

May 11, 2010 by Danny Morris and Nathan Richardson

Cheat Sheet for Climate Policy: Part IV – What’s Not Important for a Good Climate Bill

May 11, 2010 by Danny Morris and Nathan Richardson

Cheat Sheet for Climate Policy: Part III — What’s Negotiable for a Good Climate Bill

May 10, 2010 by Nathan Richardson and Danny Morris

High-Speed Rail May Stall Without More Push from the White House

May 10, 2010 by Mark Reutter

Florida Seeks More Speed on Its Tampa-Orlando Rail Line

May 6, 2010 by Mark Reutter

Obama Rail Chief Feels No Need for Speed

May 4, 2010 by Mark Reutter

Postcard from Stockholm: Energy, Security and Social Democracy

April 29, 2010 by Jim Arkedis

Cape Wind a Win for the Clean Energy Economy

April 29, 2010 by Mike Signer

Taking Liberties

April 27, 2010 by Will Marshall

The News That Wasn’t: The Senate Climate Bill

April 26, 2010 by Elbert Ventura

Cheat Sheet for Climate Policy: Part II – What’s Important for a Good Climate Bill

April 23, 2010 by Danny Morris and Nathan Richardson