The Carbon-Free Technology Initiative aims to achieve net-zero emissions in the U.S. electricity sector by promoting policies to ensure the commercial availability of affordable, carbon-free, 24/7 power technologies by the early 2030s. Learn More.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and it is essential that we take aggressive action to tackle climate change while also delivering the reliable and affordable energy that powers the American economy.
Existing technologies can get us much of the way to a 100-percent clean energy future. Completing the work will require new, carbon-free, 24/7 technologies that are affordable for customers.
Ultimately, technology will drive the timeline to a 100-percent clean energy future, and federal policies are a necessary catalyst to accelerate the pace of innovation and to ensure these technologies are demonstrated and commercialized in the time that electric companies need them.
We can meet the challenge of addressing climate change and develop the carbon-free technologies that will help the world meet this challenge.
Our organizations have joined together to form and advance the Carbon-Free Technology Initiative.
Many of the CFTI’s policy recommendations across all technology areas address research and development, demonstration, deployment, and issues that have an impact on the cost or performance of a technology, such as siting and permitting. Our policy recommendations address the need for appropriations, authorizations, and tax and finance policies to advance these technologies.
- Increase the DOE R&D and ARPA-E budgets by two to four times current levels for carbon-free technologies over the next five years.
- Establish a dedicated program to guide and support the demonstration of the portfolio of dispatchable carbon-free technologies needed by the electric industry to achieve deep carbon reductions.
- Establish technology-neutral incentives for the deployment of innovative zero-carbon technologies.
- Provide funding to support integrated demonstrations on a wide range of hydrogen production and use cases (e.g., Hydrogen Hubs).
- Amend existing federal incentives for commercial-scale carbon capture, particularly the Section 45Q tax credit for carbon sequestration, to drive faster project development.
The CFTI focuses on policy recommendations to advance key technology areas. We also support the creation of the domestic supply chain needed to deploy advanced clean energy technologies.