Have been on a run of policy-related columns lately, and am eager to get back to talking about cleantech entrepreneurs and investors.
But I have had a few people request some thoughts on the role of the DOE in Obama's second term, so figured I would tackle that first.
In short, my overall perspective is that the DOE under Secretary Chu has launched some important things, but now needs to transition from a focus on technological innovation (without losing the progress made there) to a focus on commercialization and consensus-building.
First, let's recap what the DOE actually does, because many people don't really know. The DOE is a massive organization, with something like...