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Cai Steger, Energy Policy Analyst, New York, Center for Market Innovation

Cai Steger

I’m an Energy Policy Analyst at NRDC’s new Center for Market Innovation, focusing on federal and state policies that drive clean technology innovation, investment and deployment, with a concentration on renewable energy – especially solar and algae biofuels. My recent projects include developing a federal deployment mechanism to encourage large-scale penetration of distributed generation, analyzing impacts of climate legislation on renewables investment, and managing a year long project to understand the sustainability of algae biofuels production. I joined NRDC in May 2008 after graduating from Columbia business school. I went to undergrad at UC Santa Barbara, and have eight (eclectic) years of strategy, research and marketing experience in a variety of industries.

Recent Posts

Solar Powers Ahead With Record 2012 Numbers

Posted August 13, 2013 by Cai Steger

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August is turning out to be quite the month for clean energy. Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a report showing that, in 2012, the American wind power market continued its impressive growth, with wind developers installing...continued

The Power of Wind Compels You to Read This Report

Posted August 7, 2013 by Cai Steger

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Here’s some good news that shouldn’t get buried amid the summer heat and beach vacations: 2012 was a banner year for American wind power. That’s thanks in large part to federal and state policies and incentives that prioritize clean energy...continued

Overcoming hurdles to growth in the renewable energy sector

Posted January 22, 2013 by Cai Steger

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This is a guest post from Daniel Lorch, Program Assistant, Energy & Transportation/CMI, New York Late last year, I attended the 2012 Social Enterprise Conference hosted by Columbia Business School. The focus of the event was to bring together industry...continued

National Academies: Algae Biofuels aren't sustainable...yet

Posted October 26, 2012 by Cai Steger

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This week, the National Academy of Sciences released a report on the Sustainability of Algae Biofuels, the drafting of which I had the privilege to be a part of as a member of the Study Committee.  Coverage can be found...continued

Senate Tax Bill Supports Clean Energy, Needs Improvement

Posted August 20, 2012 by Cai Steger

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Before adjourning for August recess, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee reported a tax extenders bill addressing the fate of over $200 billion in tax extensions.  Among the 55 tax provisions were 13 energy-related tax extensions, that combined will...continued

New Study: Strong Wind Industry Growth Threatened by Policy Uncertainty

Posted August 14, 2012 by Cai Steger

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An important wind power study (also helpful presentation version) was released today by two prominent energy experts from Lawrence Berkeley National Labs - Ryan Wiser and Mark Bolinger.  Each have each been studying the renewable energy sector for decades, and...continued

Carbon Fiber Shows Why We Need Federal Investment in Innovation

Posted July 30, 2012 by Cai Steger

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Criticism of government involvement in the energy sector (i.e. the kind that hasn’t degenerated into partisan warfare and hackery) tends to focus on two main themes – it’s better to let the “free market” decide, or government has a poor...continued

New Report Highlights Importance of Clean Energy Policy, as Well As Need For Reform

Posted April 18, 2012 by Cai Steger

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Experts from Brookings, Breakthough Institute and WRI released a report today with some insightful and thought-provoking conclusions.  In it, they quantify the amount of government funding provided to clean energy from 2009-2014 and the rate that funding will fall off...continued

2013 Ryan Republican Budget likes clean energy even less than 2012 version

Posted March 27, 2012 by Cai Steger

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Last week, Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Budget Committee chairman, released a federal budget proposal that doubles down on the idea that we should subsidize fossil fuel companies at the expense of clean energy.  I’d love to be more impartial...continued

BLS Study Shows 3.1 Million Green Jobs in America

Posted March 22, 2012 by Cai Steger

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The new Green Jobs study from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), the most credible and nonpartisan source for this type of data, shows us two things: First, with 3.1 million green jobs, this sector is alive and extremely...continued

Missing a Chance to Build our Clean Energy Economy

Posted March 13, 2012 by Cai Steger

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An important vote took place today on a critical bill to extend renewable energy and energy efficiency incentives in the Senate today.  Many of these policies either have expired or are about to expire at the end of this year,...continued

President's Budget: A Welcome Commitment to Clean Energy and Innovation

Posted February 13, 2012 by Cai Steger

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Today, the Obama Administration released its annual budget proposal, outlining  spending priorities for the upcoming year. For supporters of renewable energy, it demonstrates a strong commitment to boosting investments in energy science and innovation, while supporting critical policies that level...continued

E2 demonstrates the power of our emerging clean energy economy

Posted November 17, 2011 by Cai Steger

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Wanted to pass along a great new Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) report on clean energy jobs.  They’re tracking clean energy job announcements, to correct any misperceptions about the strength and growth of the clean economy.  This report looks at the 118...continued

Alternative Energy Future on Display at R&D 100 Awards

Posted October 28, 2011 by Cai Steger

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This is a guest post from 2011 NRDC MAP Fellow Lauren Kubiak.  With policy makers tied up in largely irrelevant arguments about clean energy, I turned my attention to a different area of energy: research and development.  Showcasing the most...continued

Solyndra Shouldn't Overshadow the Growing Solar Industry or Need for Smart Government Energy Policies

Posted September 14, 2011 by Cai Steger

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Last week, Representatives Fred Upton and Cliff Stearns stated the following regarding the Solyndra bankruptcy: "President Obama's signature green jobs program went from a darling of the administration, to bankruptcy, to now the subject of an FBI raid in a...continued


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