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Center for Clean Energy Innovation

Innovation is central to addressing global climate change while increasing economic growth, boosting international competitiveness, and eliminating energy poverty. ITIF’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation seeks to accelerate the transition of the domestic and global energy systems to low-carbon resources. Read more about the Center, stay up to date by signing up for ITIF’s weekly emails and checking the box for more on clean energy innovation, and make a tax-exempt donation to support the program—as recommended by The New York Times and Vox.

Featured Publications

Further Energizing Innovation in Fiscal Year 2023

Further Energizing Innovation in Fiscal Year 2023

The FY 2023 budget request signals America’s commitment to sustaining bipartisan momentum for clean energy innovation. Congress should seize this opportunity to accelerate domestic clean energy industries and shape the U.S. response to climate change.

Active Carbon Management: Critical Tools in the Climate Toolbox

Active Carbon Management: Critical Tools in the Climate Toolbox

Technologies to capture and store carbon must be part of the arsenal to fight climate change. To deploy them at scale, policymakers should expand federal incentives, increase RD&D for traditional and novel technologies, and expedite permitting and siting of requisite infrastructure.

Mission Critical: The Global Energy Innovation System Is Not Thriving

Mission Critical: The Global Energy Innovation System Is Not Thriving

Accelerating clean energy innovation is critical to avert the worst effects of climate change, but the global energy innovation system is in poor health, with weaknesses across most indicators. Nations must rectify these weaknesses to deliver on the promises world leaders made at COP26.

The 2021 Global Energy Innovation Index: National Contributions to the Global Clean Energy Innovation System

The 2021 Global Energy Innovation Index: National Contributions to the Global Clean Energy Innovation System

To meet growing global demand for energy services while averting the worst consequences of climate change, the world must accelerate clean energy innovation. Western Europe contributes most to this global process. The United States has faltered. And China has a long way to go.

Clean and Competitive: Opportunities for U.S. Manufacturing Leadership in the Global-Low Carbon Economy

Clean and Competitive: Opportunities for U.S. Manufacturing Leadership in the Global-Low Carbon Economy

The United States needs an integrated national strategy to address the twin challenges of bolstering its manufacturing sector and averting climate change. Timely federal RD&D and deployment policies targeted to specific manufacturing industries could create comparative advantage, expanding domestic investment and employment.

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Events

June 28, 2022

How 5G Can Spur Climate Tech Innovation

Join ITIF for an overview of the potential climate tech applications of 5G and what is needed going forward to help ensure that this critical infrastructure can facilitate the low-carbon transition.

May 17, 2022

Further Energizing Innovation: Federal Energy RD&D in FY23 and Beyond

In a moment of turmoil in global energy markets and an era of relentless climate disruption, clean energy innovation must remain a national priority for the United States. The Energy Act of 2020 and the bipartisan infrastructure bill in 2021 set the

May 3, 2022

Active Carbon Management: Critical Tools in the Climate Toolbox

Active carbon management technologies—like carbon capture and storage, and direct air capture—eliminate emissions from power and industrial plants and draw down atmospheric carbon emissions. These technologies will be vital to keep global emissions i

March 17, 2022

Devil in the Details: Reconciling the House and Senate Versions of Competitiveness Legislation

Watch ITIF and an expert panel featuring key policymakers and leading analysts who discussed how to bring House and Senate versions of competitiveness legislation across the finish line in a form that will be a winner for U.S. workers and the economy.

January 13, 2022

Rejuvenating Global Energy Innovation to Deliver on Glasgow

ITIF's Center for Clean Energy Innovation hosted a discussion of the health of the global clean energy innovation system, why continuous investments in the system matter, and what a healthy system should look like.

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Staff

HannahHannah Boyles

Research Assistant

HoyuHoyu Chong

Senior Policy Analyst

David M.David M. Hart

Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Clean Energy Innovation

StefanStefan Koester

Senior Policy Analyst

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June 27, 2022|Publications

Clean and Just: Electric Vehicle Innovation to Accelerate More Equitable Early Adoption

Rapid adoption of electric vehicles by low-income and disadvantaged populations is necessary for decarbonization. Innovative products and business models are emerging that accelerate such adoption. Supportive policies should extend these innovations and amplify their benefits.

June 6, 2022|Publications

About ITIF’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation

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.

May 24, 2022|Publications

The United States Urgently Needs a Carbon Management Vision

The science of climate change has been clear for decades. The IPCC shows that it is increasingly clear that active carbon management technologies must be in the climate mitigation toolbox. With its wealth of know-how and innovative start-up economy, the United States is well-positioned to dominate this burgeoning global industry and will do so if the federal government has the vision to realize this potential.

May 20, 2022|Publications

Filling the Gaps in Federal Clean Energy RD&D Investment in FY 2023 and Beyond

In the Annual Energy Outlook 2022, the Energy Information Administration forecasts that if current policy and technology trends continue, U.S. energy-related emissions would decline only 2 percent from 2021 to 2050. The message is clear: To leap from a 2 percent decline to a 100 percent decline in GHG emissions, the United States must continue to encourage and support continued innovation in energy.

May 13, 2022|Publications

Energizing Innovation in FY 2023: Interactive Dataviz

The FY 2023 budget request signals the United States’ commitment to sustain bipartisan momentum for investment in clean energy innovation.

April 18, 2022|Publications

First of Its Kind: Making DOE’s New Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations a Success

The U.S. Department of Energy’s new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations is a tremendous step forward for innovation and must become a permanent fixture in the federal structure. DOE needs time right now to build up the new office systematically, and over the next few years its funding must grow rapidly, so that it can drive a steady stream of innovations ready to be scaled up nationally and globally.

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