Breaking Energy spoke with Director of the Department of Energy’s Loan Program Office Jonathan Silver recently, and he had some fascinating things to say about the future of the enormous effort, which helps bring innovative energy ideas through to large-scale development.

Few people realize the size of the DOE Loan Program Office; while listening to this discussion the Breaking Energy staff noted that the scale of its funding would, if set out independently, make Jonathan Silver the head of one of the world’s largest financial institutions.

Silver advocated for his office’s mission recently in Breaking Energy, in a piece of featured writing that argued for sustained clean energy investment.