overarching goals, such as grand challenges, that a number of projects can aim toward fulfilling should be instituted. These grand challenges are a very visible way to focus program goals and to inspire individual industry and crosscutting subprograms to greater achievements.

  • Managing intellectual property. The intellectual property arising from the development of energy efficiency technologies must be managed in a policy environment that is currently contentious. Two potentially conflicting goals have been expressed by the manufacturing community: improving both U.S. and global energy efficiency through the development of new energy efficiency technologies and providing a business advantage to U.S. industry through the development of these same technologies. The committee recommends that the ITP develop a comprehensive policy to clarify mechanisms and to provide guidance for managing the intellectual property that arises from ITP-funded projects.

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