Steve Clemmer

Director of energy research, Clean Energy

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Steve Clemmer is the director of energy research and an expert on the economic and environmental benefits of implementing renewable energy technologies and policies at the state and national levels. He holds a master’s degree in energy analysis and policy from the University of Wisconsin. See Steve's full bio.

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Can Trump Revive the Coal Industry? Lessons from the Petra Nova and Kemper Projects

During the campaign, President-elect Trump promised to revive the coal industry.  As others have reported, gutting EPA regulations designed to protect public health and the climate will have little impact in reviving the industry since the recent decline in burning coal to generate electricity is primarily due to low natural gas prices and cost reductions for wind and solar power. Ironically, rolling back regulations on the oil and natural gas industry would likely make it even more difficult for coal to compete economically. Read more >

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Clean energy financing programs could support deployment of solar energy projects, such as this community solar farm in Edgecomb, Maine (ReVision Energy).

A Powerful Investment: Clean Energy Financing in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont

These three states could leverage $35 million of public funds into a $748 million investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects over the next 15 years. Read more >

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Renewable Energy to Surpass Coal and Nuclear by 2030: 7 Key Takeaways from EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2016

I’ll remember 2016 as the year the Energy Information Administration turned the corner to show a bright future for renewable energy. Read more >

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New Analysis Shows Fixing Illinois Clean Energy Policies Is Essential to Any “Next Generation Energy Plan”

There are some key flaws in a proposed energy plan that would prevent Illinois from moving toward a truly clean energy future. Our new analysis shows that fixing and strengthening the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency policies provides a cost-effective strategy for cutting carbon emissions from the energy sector. Read more >

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Minnesota Continues its National Leadership on the Clean Power Plan

Last week Governor Dayton promised to veto any legislation blocking or slowing efforts related to the Clean Power Plan. He also stated that he would “like to see Minnesota’s dependence on coal eliminated” as soon as possible. Read more >

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