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Center for Clean Energy Innovation

Innovation to make energy both clean and competitive must be a central goal of climate and energy policy. ITIF’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation exists to elevate this imperative in the policy debate in the United States and around the world. We conduct research, provide nonpartisan analysis, generate policy proposals, and convene members of the analytical and policymaking communities with this mission firmly in focus. (Read more about the Center.)

Featured Publications

It’s Critical to Prioritize Commercial and Market Readiness for H2Hubs

It’s Critical to Prioritize Commercial and Market Readiness for H2Hubs

Effectively managing the Energy Department’s hydrogen hubs program in the face of formidable challenges will be vital for the success of developing hydrogen-based economic ecosystems.

Climate-Tech to Watch: Green Ammonia

Climate-Tech to Watch: Green Ammonia

Green ammonia has attracted plenty of recent attention. The technology is promising, but cost reductions, demonstrations, infrastructure, and market growth are all still needed if it is to realize its potential.

Decarbonizing the Chemical Industry: Policy Insights From a Case Study of PVC

Decarbonizing the Chemical Industry: Policy Insights From a Case Study of PVC

A recent first-of-its-kind study of the value chain for polyvinyl chloride production in the United States provides valuable insights into the types and sequencing of policies that will be required to decarbonize chemical production.

Climate Innovation Policy From Glasgow to Pittsburgh

Climate Innovation Policy From Glasgow to Pittsburgh

In September, ministers will gather in Pittsburgh to consider how their governments should respond to the energy and climate innovation imperative. Building on Glasgow, the meeting should strive to fill critical gaps in areas such as capital-intensive demonstration projects and innovation-friendly trade in carbon-intensive goods.

Closing the Gap: Priorities for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building RD&D Portfolio

Closing the Gap: Priorities for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building RD&D Portfolio

The building sector is not on track to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Federal RD&D investments have been disproportionately low, while national strategies that address the key hurdles of decarbonizing the building sector have been lacking.

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May 30, 2023

Further Energizing Innovation: Assessing the Federal Energy RD&D Budget for FY24 and Beyond

Watch the Center for Clean Energy Innovation’s release event covering their annual report on the federal energy RD&D budget; discussion by expert panel covering how the funding aligns with these key priorities.

March 16, 2023

Petrochemicals Without the Petro: A New Initiative?

Watch to learn more about these exciting innovations and to discuss a federal initiative (such as a DOE EarthShot) to accelerate them.

October 27, 2022

Mission Critical: Accelerating Innovation at COP 27

Watch thought leaders from ITIF, IIT-Delhi School of Public Policy, and the Climate Policy Lab at The Fletcher School, Tufts University share their visions for a successful COP for innovation, building off the September 12th forum published in Nature Energy.

October 13, 2022

Decarbonizing Chemical Production: Innovation Strategies

Watch the webinar where we shared new work from ITIF, George Mason’s Center for Energy Science and Policy, and the Center for Houston’s Future that investigates these pathways and explores policy options to decarbonize chemical production.

September 7, 2022

Buying Power: How Federal Procurement Can Drive Clean Energy Innovation

Join ITIF for an expert panel discussion about a new report by ITIF board member and former DOD and GSA sustainability leader Dorothy Robyn.

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HannahHannah Boyles

Research Assistant

HoyuHoyu Chong

Senior Policy Analyst

SeanSean Davis Jr.

Senior Policy Analyst

David M.David M. Hart

Senior Fellow

StefanStefan Koester

Senior Policy Analyst

EdEd Rightor

Director, Center for Clean Energy Innovation

More From the Center

May 31, 2023|Blogs & Features

Jumpstarting FESI: Seeking Bold Ideas for a New Energy Innovation Foundation

To jumpstart FESI, we are seeking promising project opportunities that would advance the DOE mission through collaboration with private sector and philanthropic partners.

May 26, 2023|Blogs & Features

Congress Must Move Beyond Permitting Reform to Speed Up Adoption of Digital Energy Solutions

In Washington, nothing is possible until it’s done. With federal permitting reform, that moment might be just around the corner, but Congress must not miss the opportunity to think beyond procedural reforms to federal permitting laws and should include a broad innovation-based approach to solving our nation’s energy infrastructure dilemmas.

May 22, 2023|Reports & Briefings

Energizing Innovation in Fiscal Year 2024

The FY 2024 budget request, if met, could maintain bipartisan momentum for clean energy innovation. Congress should support that innovation to foster domestic clean energy industries that can compete globally, minimize foreign dependencies, and address climate change.

April 18, 2023|Blogs & Features

The Hydrogen Hubs’ Success Relies on Proper Management

It is vital that the hydrogen hubs (H2Hubs) program prioritizes the delivery of commercially-viable low-carbon hydrogen and develops the market ready to buy it, which can be achieved through proper management of the program.

April 5, 2023|Blogs & Features

Why Young Researchers Are Vital to Climate and Innovation Policy and How to Support Them

Early-career scholars who bring fresh ideas to the field of climate and energy innovation policy face significant obstacles. Funders and academic institutions need to take action to encourage them.

March 23, 2023|Testimonies & Filings

Comments to DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions Regarding the Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI)

FESI is an idea whose time has come. DOE drives action toward many of the United States’ most vital goals: a strong, secure economy; global leadership in science and technology; eliminating climate pollution at home and around the world, and much more. Congress seized an historic opportunity to accelerate progress toward these goals by authorizing DOE to establish and collaborate closely with FESI.

March 22, 2023|Testimonies & Filings

Comments to the DOE Office of Clean Energy Demonstration Regarding Demand-Side Support for Clean Energy Technologies

Demand-side support measures such as direct procurement, advanced market commitments, and guaranteed price floors can advance DOE’s mission by providing a predictable commercial market for clean energy technologies.

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