I am not big on making New Year’s Resolutions. I prefer a broader approach that includes a glimpse back to learn from successes and failures. With this historical perspective (but not bound by it), I have fun strategizing and creating near and long term plans. Likewise, I thought my first blog of the year should reflect broadly on our energy future. This week right on cue, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy unveiled a comprehensive Energy Works for US plan. This new initiative provides a complete update to the Energy Institute’s Blueprint for Securing America’s Energy Future, which was released in 2008. We all know America’s energy and economic outlook has changed since 2008, hence the new platform intended to reflect and address the current situation. The plan will also form the basis for the Chamber’s energy advocacy.

Energy Works for US consists of 64 specific recommendations in nine areas referred to as planks in the report:

  1. Remove Barriers to Increased Domestic Oil & Natural Gas Exploration and Production and Fuel Manufacturing
  2. Maintain Coal’s Role as a Vital Part of a Diverse Energy Portfolio
  3. Expand Nuclear Energy Use and Commit to a Nuclear Waste Solution
  4. Enhance the Competitiveness of Renewable Sources of Energy
  5. Promote 21st Century 67 Energy Efficiency and Advanced Technologies
  6. Modernize the Permitting Process for Our Nation’s Energy Infrastructure
  7. Protect Our Energy Infrastructure from Physical Disruptions and Cyber Attacks
  8. Reform the Regulatory Process for Balance, Predictability and Transparency
  9. Ensure a Competitive Energy Workforce

America now has the opportunity to become an energy superpower, but our national energy policy is stuck in the past… The platform will allow us to realize our full potential.

– Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.