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
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?
Headshot of Debbie Dooley

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.