About Us

At the Center for the New Energy Economy:

We believe innovation and investment in grid modernization, energy storage, renewable energy, and advanced transportation systems will lead to thriving clean energy markets, which reduce pollution and improve human health.

We believe an equitable transition to the new energy economy will provide greater opportunities for all.

We believe diversity and inclusivity in decision-making fosters innovation and creativity, leading to better long-term solutions.

We believe the new energy economy relies on collaborative, bi-partisan governance with transparent rules and processes.

We convene policymakers at the Tribal and state levels, providing technical assistance and fostering dialogue that connects energy policy leaders, experts, and communities. Our efforts include the creation and maintenance of publicly available tools and resources, and energy policy research.


Founded in 2011 as a department of Colorado State University, the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) is an initiative led by Colorado’s 41st Governor, Bill Ritter, Jr., assisted by a team of energy and environmental policy experts. Working directly with governors, legislators, regulators, utilities, and communities by providing technical and strategic assistance, CNEE helps energy policy leaders create policies that facilitate a just and equitable transition to a clean energy economy.

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