Colin Cunliff

Colin Cunliff
Senior Policy Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Colin Cunliff is a senior policy analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. He focuses on clean energy innovation. He previously worked at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, with a portfolio focused on energy sector resilience and emissions mitigation. Prior to that, he was the American Institute of Physics / American Association for the Advancement of Science (AIP/AAAS) Congressional Fellow in the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein, where he served as a staff science adviser on energy, climate and transportation. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Davis, and a bachelors degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Texas in Austin.

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Recent Publications

December 10, 2018

World leaders are converging this week in Poland for COP24, a global meeting on climate change where countries will negotiate rules for implementing the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

November 28, 2018

Reducing carbon pollution to zero will require a broad set of technologies that cover all sectors of the economy and can provide energy that is as cheap and reliable as fossil fuels.

October 24, 2018

Despite our best efforts, the world may not be able to reduce carbon pollution fast enough to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

June 26, 2018

As the Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations bills head to conference committee, Congress should maintain its commitment to federal investment in energy research, development, and demonstration.

May 22, 2018

Major improvements in energy technology are essential to meet the global challenge of climate change.

April 23, 2018

Congress should continue on the path toward doubling federal energy RD&D funding, which would fulfill a commitment the United States made along with 19 other countries to accelerate the global transition to cleaner, more affordable, more reliable energy.

April 13, 2018

As Congress considers the next budget, ITIF’s David Hart and Colin Cunliff write for Utility Dive that it should reject cuts to spending on energy research, development and demonstration.

Recent Events and Presentations

November 28, 2018

Even with continued improvements and cost reductions to current emissions reducing technologies, the world is not on track to achieve the deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Join ITIF for the release of a new report analyzing hard-to-decarbonize sectors and an expert panel discussion on the limits of current technologies and potential solutions.