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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7 Things We Expect to See in Rick Perry’s Unnecessary and Biased Grid Study

Do you think we’re going to learn anything new in 60 days that these experts and real-world experience haven’t already answered over the past decade? Read more >

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Wind Keeps Creating Jobs, Even as We Pull Out of Paris

President Trump announced last week that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement because, he said, it would impose “draconian financial and economic burdens” on the US. This classic fossil fuel industry rhetoric of pitting the economy against the environment (in this case the climate and future of our planet) has been proven time and time again to be a false choice. The latest, impressive US wind industry results show that more clearly than ever. Read more >

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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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