About CNEE

Bill-Ritter-new-photo-213x300“For me, the New Energy Economy has always been about our future, our kids’ future, our grandkids’ future. I think in order to survive in this created space we inhabit, we need to produce and consume energy differently. If we do not then our legacy for our children will be a Colorado inferior to the Colorado that we live in.”

– Colorado’s 41st Governor, Bill Ritter, Jr., Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University

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. and assisted by a team of energy and environmental policy experts. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, utilities and stakeholders by providing technical and strategic assistance to help decision makers create policies that facilitate America’s transition to a clean energy economy.

The Colorado Story

During Governor Bill Ritter’s four years as Colorado Governor (2007-2011), he championed policies and programs that moved Colorado from a lagger to a leader in affordable, clean energy. Colorado’s innovative approach generated an economic boom in what he termed the “New Energy Economy”. Today, Colorado is considered a leader in clean energy solutions. Governor Ritter firmly believes that US clean energy leadership will come from the States. In forming the Center for the New Energy Economy, Governor Ritter has created a center that engages legislators, governors, utilities and regulators in the thoughtful adoption of legislative and regulatory policies that will facilitate a clean energy transition across the nation.

Powerhouse Energy Campus
430 N. College
Fort Collins, CO  80524

Colorado State University Denver office
475 17th Street
Denver, Colorado 80202

“We’re happy to join the institute – we believe that co-locating energy policy staff with energy technologists will spur greater innovation for both groups,” said Gov. Bill Ritter, director of the CSU’s Center for the New Energy Economy.

The Center for the New Energy Economy is one of the 12 centers located at the Powerhouse Energy Campus  campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Powerhouse Energy Campus is operated by the Energy Institute at Colorado State University.