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Guiding Principles for Sound Energy Policy: Outcomes from an OurEnergyPolicy Discussion Series

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Program Associate OurEnergyPolicy

As Program Associate at OurEnergyPolicy, I curate, aggregate, and sustain the OurEnergyLibrary, a free to use energy resource publication library with over 5,100 resources from academia...

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The mission of OurEnergyPolicy (OEP) is to facilitate substantive, responsible dialogue on energy policy issues and provide this dialogue as a resource for the American people, policymakers, and the media. In doing so, we inform and support the creation of sound and effective policies. OEP seeks to encourage dialogue representative of viewpoints from across the energy sector, rather than advocating for any specific political, programmatic, policy, or technological agenda. As part of this mission, OEP started an initiative to produce a list of principles that can guide the creation of sound energy policy and convened several discussions to reach this objective. The goal is for policymakers at any level of government—and of any political affiliation—to use these principles to guide the development of well-constructed energy policies.

OEP held three separate conversations with energy leaders to explore this concept: a February 10, 2021, webinar; an online, written discussion in February; and an April 14, 2021, stakeholder roundtable. In this paper, we highlight points of consensus and various points of view by participants of these discussions. All three conversations were structured to include experts from across the political spectrum and to include energy leaders with extensive experience in government, non-profit organizations, academia, finance, law, and industry. We are grateful to our participants for their involvement. We would also like to highlight the involvement of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the generous support of which has made OEP’s 2021 roundtables possible. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the J.M. Kaplan Fund or the individual participants listed. The principles and associated content also do not express the position of OEP, which, as a non-partisan organization, does not advocate for any particular policy or approach.


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