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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

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.

The Hydrogen Hubs Conundrum: How to Fund an Ecosystem

The Hydrogen Hubs Conundrum: How to Fund an Ecosystem

Recent federal legislation provides $8 billion to develop at least four hydrogen hubs, but little guidance. DOE should focus its funding on the capital costs of hydrogen production and infrastructure, while generally eschewing operating expenses and support for end users.

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.

Mission, Money, and Process Makeover: How Federal Procurement Can Catalyze Clean Energy Investment and Innovation

Mission, Money, and Process Makeover: How Federal Procurement Can Catalyze Clean Energy Investment and Innovation

Using federal procurement to advance sustainable energy goals has had only limited success in the past. To break the pattern, the White House needs a plan that aligns with agency missions, is adequately funded, and fixes perverse budget and procurement rules.

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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.

July 26, 2022

Accelerating More Equitable EV Adoption Through Technological, Business Model, and Policy Innovation

ITIF’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation hosted an expert discussion on the findings and policy implications of a new report examining the connection between equity and innovation in the context of EVs.

June 28, 2022

How 5G Can Spur Climate Tech Innovation

Watch the discussion surrounding 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.

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HannahHannah Boyles

Research Assistant

HoyuHoyu Chong

Senior Policy Analyst

Kerry C.Kerry C. Duggan

Nonresident Senior Fellow

David M.David M. Hart

Senior Fellow

StefanStefan Koester

Senior Policy Analyst

EdEd Rightor

Director, Center for Clean Energy Innovation

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November 14, 2022|Blogs

Low-Carbon Process Technologies: Key Pieces of the Net-Zero Future

As the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations seeks to accelerate the deployment of low-carbon technologies, it’s vital that process technology innovation be a significant portion of the portfolio.

October 27, 2022|Reports & Briefings

OCED Observatory Newsletter, Issue 3: Hydrogen Hubs Scramble to Meet Deadline

The emerging hydrogen hubs are scrambling to meet the tight deadlines imposed by DOE for H2Hubsapplications with the white paper due Nov 7. Meanwhile, some strong new hub contenders have emerged, and the potential impact of IRA hydrogen production subsidies also came into focus.

October 17, 2022|Reports & Briefings

Climate-Tech to Watch: Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will play the most significant role in meeting President Biden’s goal of a zero-carbon aviation sector by 2050, but significant progress must be made to scale up production and bring down costs.

October 11, 2022|Blogs

DOE’s Hydrogen Hubs FOA: Well-Launched, but Beware Choppy Waters

Hydrogen hubs are among the biggest commercially oriented programs that DOE has ever run. They are a test of the notion of a demonstration program at this scale and of the new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations.

October 6, 2022|Blogs

Midterm Outlook for Energy Innovation Policy

The next Congress will have to wrestle with competing energy and climate innovation policy priorities. But despite their differences, the two parties will have potential opportunities for bipartisan collaboration.

September 26, 2022|Reports & Briefings

Hydrogen Hubs Selection: Developing an Effective, Transparent, Fair, and Timely Process

The federal hydrogen hubs program will be perceived as a bellwether for U.S. clean energy innovation policy writ large. As such, its process for selecting winning proposals must not only be effective, but also fair, transparent, and timely.

September 23, 2022|Blogs

To Innovate, We Need To Build: Permitting Reform Is Innovation Policy

A major challenge to getting clean energy projects built is not technology, financing, or cost uncertainty, but regulatory and permitting hurdles. To fully leverage the once-in-a-generation federal climate spending that this Congress has succeeded in passing, federal permitting must be reformed to make it less onerous, time intensive and costly.

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