Learning How to Build Back Better through Clean Energy Policy Evaluation
This working paper examines how integrating evaluation in the design and implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act can facilitate the learning necessary for policymakers to make policy better over time.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act authorized and appropriated unprecedented spending and tax expenditures to decarbonize the American economy. In the spirit of “build back better,” this paper examines how integrating evaluation in the design and implementation of these new clean energy policies can facilitate the learning necessary for policymakers to make policy better over time. It draws lessons from two case studies: (1) on institutionalizing evaluation based on the experience with regulatory review, and (2) on conducting evaluation based on the research literature assessing the 2009 Recovery Act’s clean energy programs. The paper identifies in recent legislation the programs and their characteristics amenable to various evaluation methodologies. The paper closes with recommendations for a clean energy program evaluation framework that would enable implementation of climate-oriented learning agendas under the Evidence-Based Policymaking Act.
Report — Nov 16, 2023
Tracking and Evaluation of Research, Development, and Demonstration Programs at the US Department of Energy
This report builds on a May 2023 RFF workshop that sourced experiences with and proposed best practices for developing the US Department of Energy's research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) capacity.
Resources Radio — Nov 14, 2023
Not a Shore Thing: Challenges in US Offshore Wind Development, with Ben Storrow
Ben Storrow discusses the challenges for offshore wind project development in recent years, how policymakers can address these challenges, and the future of the offshore wind industry.
Media Highlight — Nov 10, 2023
E&E News: “White House Overhaul Paves Way for Stricter Regulations”
RFF President and CEO Richard G. Newell comments on the White House's revised method for agencies to weigh regulatory costs and benefits.