Clifton Yin

Clifton Yin
Former Policy Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Clifton Yin was a Clean Energy Policy Analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Prior to joining ITIF, he earned a Master of Public Policy degree with a focus on environmental and regulatory policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. His master’s thesis sought to use statistical analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard on encouraging in-state renewable energy generation. While a graduate student, Clifton served as a policy fellow at Americans for Energy Leadership and interned at the Environmental Defense Fund and the American Enterprise Institute.

Clifton has also worked for California State Assemblyman Bob Huff – first as a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow, and then as a Legislative Assistant – as well as the Bovée Company, a small political fundraising firm. He has a B.A. in government and history from Claremont McKenna College and served as the youngest Asian-American delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention.

Recent Publications

April 10, 2013

The Energy Secretary nominee talked at length about the need for robust energy innovation policy.

April 3, 2013

The merger of two Australian departments is a welcome recognition that innovation policy and climate change mitigation are linked.

March 28, 2013

The Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative is a significant first step on the path to a robust U.S. clean energy manufacturing sector.

March 22, 2013

ARPA-E programs signals emerging government recognition of the importance of transportation decarbonization and the need for transportation technologies to facilitate that endeavor.

March 21, 2013

The FAIR Act signals growing interest in linking energy production to energy innovation.

March 19, 2013

Proposal for tying transportation R&D to a dedicated revenue source could be a model for funding energy innovation.

March 12, 2013

Collaboration between startups and large energy companies could prove crucial.

February 21, 2013

Renewed focus on battery innovation is what's needed for EV adoption.

February 11, 2013

Panelists from ITIF’s Energy Innovation 2013 conference respond to a few unanswered audience questions.

February 6, 2013

Energy 20/20 includes several policy recommendations that mirror ITIF’s own.

February 4, 2013

Solving climate change will require the adoption of clean energy globally.

February 1, 2013

A look at the Energy Department’s challenges and accomplishments over the past four years and the work that remains to be done.

Recent Events and Presentations

February 24, 2012

Is Clean Energy Innovation Policy Picking Winners and Losers? ITIF Clean Energy Analyst Clifton Yin weighs in.