Stefan Koester

Stefan Koester
Senior Policy Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Stefan Koester is a senior policy analyst focused on clean energy innovation technologies and climate change policy. He has a background in energy and environmental policy and has worked on carbon pricing, corporate sustainability, energy efficiency, electricity markets, and issues related to the electric power sector and renewable energy at the state, regional, and federal levels.

Prior to joining the ITIF, Stefan worked at Acadia Center, focusing on Northeast energy and environmental regulatory policy. Prior to Acadia Center, Stefan worked at M.J. Bradley & Associates in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned a double master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School and urban planning from the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the College of Charleston in economics and philosophy.

Recent Publications

May 9, 2022

Many popular blockchain technologies consume vast amounts of electricity today, producing millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions and electronic waste. While the environmental and energy concerns for digital assets should be addressed, heavy-handed regulatory policies that attempt to restrict how operators use data centers are likely to be unsuccessful.

April 18, 2022

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.

March 17, 2022

The modeling is clear: Building a reliable grid that will serve as the backbone for a cleaner, more electrified economy without raising energy costs, will require technological improvements that drastically drive down the costs and improve performance.

November 1, 2021

Allies and partners like the United States, the EU, the United Kingdom, and Canada should avoid destabilizing trade frictions that threaten to derail much-needed climate progress and instead work toward a collaborative climate innovation club.

September 20, 2021

Levying carbon tariffs is a difficult and counterproductive way for nations with ambitious climate policies to create a level playing field for their higher-cost industrial sectors. A more workable solution would be to design a flexible open-trade club for climate innovators.

September 15, 2021

The linchpin of President Biden's strategy to achieve a net-zero electricity grid by 2035 is a national clean electricity performance program, or CEPP, which encourages utilities to produce an increasing amount of power from low-carbon resources.

June 29, 2021

An integrated clean manufacturing strategy will pay dividends for both the economy and the global environment.

Recent Events and Presentations

May 3, 2022

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.

September 21, 2021

ITIF hosted a discussion on the current state of carbon tariffs, their challenges, and potential multilateral alternatives.