Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis
News Editor at Yale Center for Business and the Environment
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Master of Environmental Management, 2018

Chris Lewis serves as the editor of Clean Energy Finance Forum and the Conservation Finance Network. He collaborates with students and staff to produce cutting-edge, pragmatic "solutions journalism" on energy and conservation business. 

As a journalist, Chris has written about economics, the environment, and international affairs for a number of publications, including The Atlantic, Harper’s, and the Miami Herald. He has also worked as a developmental editor for books by Yale faculty on the environment, business, and social science—most recently A Better Planet: Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future, forthcoming in 2019 from Yale University Press.

He holds a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor’s in economics from American University. His master’s thesis focused on climate change adaptation strategies for smallholder agriculture in Rwanda. 

In addition to his editing and writing, Chris has worked on urban agriculture issues in Detroit, as a financial case manager for clients with chronic mental illness, and as an early childhood Spanish-immersion educator.

Authored Articles
Tony DePrima's determined to lift fossil-free power standards in the First State.

Delaware energy leader Tony DePrima

As Solar and Efficiency Hold Steady, Delaware Aims to Up Renewables

Delaware consumes 100 times more energy than it produces, according to the Energy Information Administration, and gets 87% of its electricity from natural gas. The state’s renewables portfolio consists primarily of solar and biomass; a 120-megawatt offshore wind facility is expected to be online in 2022. CEFF spoke to Tony DePrima, executive director of the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DSEU), about the state’s clean energy landscape.
Susan Glickman

Susan Glickman / Bob Howard / CC BY-NC 2.0

Florida Battles to Create a Clean Energy Policy Framework

In this interview, Susan Glickman, Florida director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, discusses the status of clean energy development in the state. Glickman lays out policy battles over renewable portfolio and energy efficiency standards, the state’s history of natural gas consumption, growth in utility solar programs, and an effort to deregulate the state’s utility industry.
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Chris Nelson

Can Solar Catch Up to Wind in South Dakota?

South Dakota is a national leader in the proportion of its electricity mix coming from wind energy. CEFF spoke to South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Vice Chairman Chris Nelson about the status of clean energy in the state. He contends that the rise of wind in the state is traceable to federal incentives and a business-friendly policy landscape, and argues that solar may be better positioned for future growth.
Photo of Dylan Voorhees

Dylan Voorhees / Photo courtesy of Natural Resources Council of Maine

Maine Prepares for Policy Shift Toward Clean Energy

Maine’s renewable energy landscape is poised for big changes. Legislation passed into law in June establishes greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and an ambitious renewable portfolio standard. In this interview, Dylan Voorhees, climate and clean energy director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, explains what the new laws mean for the state, and what brought about the shift in policy.
David Campell

Photo courtesy of David Campbell.

Cost-Competitive Renewables Poised to Grow in Deregulated Texas Market

Texas offers an instructive case study for the growth of renewable energy. Most of the state’s electricity is delivered through the deregulated Electric Reliability Council of Texas market. The state has long since surpassed its mandated renewable portfolio standard, so market dynamics dictate the ongoing pace of renewables growth. Nonetheless, Texas is by far the country’s largest wind power generator and is slated to see major growth in solar capacity as well.
Solar panels in Ohio

Rooftop solar at Ohio's Wayne National Forest / Wayne National Forest / CC BY 2.0

What’s Next for Renewable Energy in Ohio?

In July, the state of Ohio passed its HB 6 energy bill, which authorizes $300 million in annual surcharges on utility ratepayers, primarily to fund four struggling coal and nuclear power plants. The bill also scales back the state’s clean energy targets. Now that HB 6 has been signed into law, what changes will it bring for stakeholders in the industry?
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Debbie Dooley on the Conservative Case for Clean Energy

Georgia’s Debbie Dooley is a founding member of the Tea Party movement, as well as an advocate for renewable energy and president of Conservatives for Energy Freedom. In an interview with CEFF, Dooley discussed where alternative energy can fit into a conservative political philosophy, how to build bipartisan support for clean energy, and her vision for state and federal policy.