Center for the New Energy Economy

Founding Year: 2011

Staff: 10


Bill Ritter, Jr. (Director)

It is “an initiative led by Colorado’s 41st Governor, Bill Ritter Jr. and assisted by a team of energy and environmental policy experts”. It strives to ensure a more sustainable energy future by providing policy-makers with the research, tools, and resources necessary to ensure a smoother transition towards a clean energy economy. CNEE is one of the twelve centers of the Powerhouse Energy Campus operated by the Energy Institute at Colorado State University.




      • AEL Tracker: a database containing advanced energy legislation across the U.S.
      • SPOT for Clean Energy: a hub of information on existing state clean energy policies and future policy opportunities.

      Center for the New Energy Economy contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

      • 1. No Poverty

        Calls for an end to poverty globally by 2030 and promotes increased access to basic services and social protection.

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      • 2. Zero Hunger
        Aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
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      • 3. Good Health and Well Being
        Aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, by reducing mortality rates and increasing access to equitable health care for men and women.
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      • 4. Quality Education
        Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
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      • 5. Gender Equality
        Aims to end gender discrimination in all forms and promote equal opportunity for all women and girls in terms of education, career, and sexual/reproductive rights.
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      • 6. Clean Water and Sanitisation
        Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by promoting global access to adequate sanitation and hygiene.
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      • 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
        Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by promoting affordable and reliable energy sources.
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      • 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
        Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
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      • 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
        Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.  
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      • 10. Reduced Inequalities
        Aims to achieve economic growth by reducing inequalities regarding social, economic and political opportunities and freedoms.
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      • 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
        Aims to promote the globalization of sustainable cities and communities in turn providing universal safe and affordable housing.
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      • 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
        Aims to create responsible and sustainable practices involving consumption and production through efficiently using natural resources.
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      • 13. Climate Action
        Calls to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts through global awareness, education, and integration into government policies.
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      • 14. Life Below Water
        Calls to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and prevent and reduce marine pollution in order to protect ecosystems and achieve healthy oceans.
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      • 15. Life on Land
        Aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
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      • 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
        Aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Calls to reduce all forms of violence and deaths related to violence and to end abuse and exploitation
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      • 17. Partnerships for the Goals
        Aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development by mobilizing domestic resources in order to provide support for developing countries.
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