Energy in America
About the Project
Energy in America is a project exploring the ways in which energy impacts various regions of the United States. Whether through a history rooted in the development of indigenous natural resources or by providing the direction for future industry or activity, we examine the political, economic, security, and social value of energy throughout the country.
The project highlights ways in which energy is contributing to (or detracting from) social and economic mobility across the country to analyze and understand the opportunities and challenges facing policymakers as they try to harness U.S. energy resources and ingenuity to create economic opportunity.
The CSIS Energy Program conducted research, commissioned papers, held a workshop, and developed a report on the changing role of energy in the U.S. economy. The purpose is twofold: (1) improve understanding of how energy impacts the U.S. economy at multiple levels; and (2) evaluate the performance of policies designed to create economic opportunity in the energy sector.
The Workshop: Held October 2018, participants considered energy’s role in the U.S. economy and how it may change under low-carbon or high-energy-export scenarios. Experts examined the distributive impacts of energy policies and regulation, the significance of technological change and innovation, and the state of the energy community’s understanding of climate impacts on local economies.
The workshop concluded with participants’ views on what research should be prioritized to advance understanding, and what should be better-appreciated, regarding the changing role of energy in the U.S. economy.
The Research: In addition to in-house research, background papers on key issues were commissioned ahead of the workshop to inform workshop participants and discussions, as well as the final report. The authors presented their work at the workshop.
The Report: The research, commissioned papers, and workshop culminated into the final report, The Changing Role of Energy in the U.S. Economy. The report identifies 13 propositions, which represent the emerging energy issues that policymakers might not be aware of and the areas in which the research community could make further contributions.
This project was made possible by support from the Sloan Foundation.