As director of energy research for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Climate and Energy Program, Steve Clemmer conducts research on the economic and environmental benefits of implementing renewable energy technologies and policies at the state and national levels. He also directs UCS research on coal, natural gas, and nuclear power and on solutions to reduce carbon emissions and water use in the electricity sector. He also served on the Steering Committee of the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative.
Before joining UCS, Mr. Clemmer was the energy policy coordinator for the Wisconsin Energy Office from 1991 to 1997.
Mr. Clemmer holds a M.S. in energy analysis and policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in political science and history from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.
In addition to co-authoring two recent UCS reports, Ripe for Retirement: The Case for Closing Americas Most Costliest Coal Plants, and Climate 2030: A National Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy, Mr. Clemmer has written numerous reports and journal articles on the economic and environmental benefits of increasing renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Mr. Clemmer has been quoted widely in the print media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Des Moines Register, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Guardian. He has also appeared as a guest on numerous radio and TV programs.