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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.

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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.

The Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation: A Flexible New Tool to Build the Economy, Strengthen Science, and Fight Climate Change

In July 2022, Congress authorized DOE to establish and collaborate closely with a new non-profit Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI), an idea that the Center developed over the previous five years. ITIF is working to ensure that FESI gets off to a fast start and contributes to DOE’s vital missions right away.

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.

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Events

September 7, 2022|Register Now

Buying Power: How Federal Procurement Can Drive Clean Energy Innovation

Join ITIF as we release a new report by ITIF board member and former DOD and GSA sustainability leader Dorothy Robyn and hear from leaders inside and outside the federal government on this vital issue

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.

June 5, 2022

2022 Climate-Tech Policy “Boot Camp” for Early Career Researchers

The Center for Clean Energy Innovation hosted its 2022 climate-tech policy “boot camp” for early career researchers Sunday to Friday, June 5–10, in Washington, D.C.

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 stage for a major expansion of federal...

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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|Reports & Briefings

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|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

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|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

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.

May 3, 2022|Events

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 in line with the Paris Agreement while...

April 18, 2022|Blogs

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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