About CNEE

At the Center for the New Energy Economy:

We convene policymakers and facilitate dialogue among stakeholders, connecting energy policy leaders to experts. We create and maintain free, publicly available tools and resources, and publish 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. 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.

  • 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.

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.

The Center for the New Energy Economy is one of the 12 centers located at the Powerhouse Energy Campus in Fort Collins, Colorado.