Megan Nicholson

Megan Nicholson
Former Policy Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Megan Nicholson was a Policy Analyst with ITIF’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation (CCEI). She specialized in clean energy policy, the federal energy budget, the role of the Department of Defense in the energy innovation ecosystem, and international environmental policy. She managed CCEI’s Energy Innovation Tracker, a public database of federal investments in energy innovation down to the project level, which is widely used as an analytical resource by policymakers, think tanks, and academics. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Forbes, Politico and MIT Technology Review, among others. Prior to joining ITIF, Megan interned with the World Bank’s Global Environmental Facility, where she assisted with the research and writing of a publication on the organization's 20-year contribution to eliminating barriers to energy efficiency investment in developing countries. She graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies.

Recent Publications

June 10, 2015

Policy should focus on making clean energy better and more affordable.

February 4, 2015

The President’s FY2016 Budget Request, released this week, emphasizes the need to increase investment in energy innovation through key offices and programs at the Department of Energy.

January 20, 2015

The climate community is backing the wrong policy and it’s running out of time.

December 17, 2014

The 113th U.S. Congress made passing a budget one of its last legislative acts of 2014.

November 13, 2014

Setting carbon targets will not lead to deep decarbonization.

November 7, 2014

Climate mitigation and energy access are not mutually exclusive.

May 27, 2014

CCEI proposes a new global framework for addressing climate change with clean energy innovation.

November 14, 2013

Solar development on public lands should offer companies an opportunity to demonstrate and scale up technologies to accelerate innovation.

October 23, 2013

Advancing globally, cost-competitive clean energy solutions to climate change requires a shift from a Deployment Consensus to an Innovation Consensus.

September 13, 2013

ARPA-E’s new RANGE program could produce the design and performance innovations necessary to enhance the use of electric vehicles.

September 2, 2013

Maryland is piloting new projects to innovate in-state utilities.

August 26, 2013

Megan Nicholson assesses the proposed FAIR Act's energy innovation shortcomings.

Recent Events and Presentations

October 23, 2013

ITIF and a panel of leading experts will discuss the roots of the Deployment Consensus, the reasons a “deployment-first” strategy will fail, and why innovation-driven energy policies are the solution.