Steve Capanna

Director, U.S. Climate Policy and Analysis


Areas of expertise:
Climate policy, innovation policy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, clean energy analysis

Steve is Director of U.S. Climate Policy and Analysis, where he works on the intersection of climate policy and technology, exploring how they can complement each other to achieve rapid and affordable emissions reductions. Steve’s areas of focus include deep decarbonization analysis, carbon dioxide removal technologies, and policies to accelerate innovation in clean energy.


  • MA, International Energy & Environmental Policy and International Economics, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), 2010
  • BA, Political Science and French, University of Pittsburgh, 2004

Steve joined EDF in April 2019, following more than eight years at the Department of Energy, where he held a number of roles, including most recently Director of Strategic Priorities and Impact Analysis in the office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. From 2012-2013, Steve spent a year at the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, where he focused on energy efficiency policy. Steve started at the Department of Energy as a Presidential Management Fellow. Prior to earning his Master’s Degree, Steve spent five years working on policy and research at the Alliance to Save Energy, an energy efficiency advocacy organization.