Alex Trembath

Policy Analyst, Energy and Climate Program

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Alex Trembath is a policy analyst in the Energy and Climate Program at Breakthrough. He is the lead or co-author of several Breakthrough publications, including "Coal Killer: How Natural Gas Fuels the Clean Energy Revolution," "Beyond Boom and Bust: Putting Clean Tech on a Path to Subsidy Independence" and "Where the Shale Gas Revolution Came From." He is also co-director of Breakthrough Generation, the Breakthrough Institute's annual summer policy fellowship, which brings together some of the brightest young thinkers in the world to work together researching policy, politics, and technology. Alex came to the Energy and Climate Program by way of Breakthrough Generation 2011, where he contributed research on the collapse of federal funding for clean tech research, deployment, and innovation.

At Breakthrough, Alex has focused on renewable energy technologies, American federal energy policy, and the history of public investments in technological innovation. His writing on energy technology and policy has been published by the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, ForbesPolitico, and Bloomberg. He also writes regularly for the National Journal and the Energy Collective. His research and analysis have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, the Los Angeles TimesBloomberg, Forbes, E&E News, CNN, and other major media outlets.

Alex is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley where he received his Bachelor's in Environmental Economics and Policy. While at Cal, Alex was active in the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative and California Lightweight Crew. In 2009, he worked at San Francisco City Hall on local cleantech and community development in the Mayor's Office of Climate Protection Initiatives. In college he worked on several political campaigns, including Gavin Newsom's gubernatorial run in 2009 and Organizing for America. In 2011 Alex completed a policy fellowship with Americans for Energy Leadership, where he wrote on U.S. energy policy and politics. He has lived in the Bay Area for the last decade, and is a proud son of South Bend, Indiana. He enjoys rowing and exploring the Bay Area. Follow Alex on Twitter @atrembath.

Alex Trembath in the News

"Pragmatism Will Create a High-Energy Planet," November 3, 2013

Matthew Stepp and Alex Trembath, "A climate policy that would actually work," October 11, 2013

Martin Wolf, "A Much-maligned Engine of Innovation," August 5, 2013

Andrew Revkin, "The Silent Partner Behind the Shale Energy Boom -- Taxpayers," July 31, 2013

Max Luke and Alex Trembath, "The Bridge to Zero Carbon," July 25, 2013

Alex Trembath on Sea Change Radio, "Obama's Climate Change Speech," July 2, 2013

Coral Davenport, "The Coal Lobby's Fight for Survival," June 27, 2013

Alex Trembath and Matthew Stepp, "Fight Coal, Not Keystone," April 8, 2013


Dana Hull, "The Cleantech Cliff: global venture capital investment plunged 33 percent in 2012," January 3, 2013

Alex Trembath and Max Luke, "The record is clear: Obama delivers on clean energy," February 11, 2013




Kevin Begos, "Fracking Developed With Decades Of Government Investment," September 26, 2012





Nick Juliano, "Building a bridge to zero — question swirl around design of wind incentive phaseout," June 12, 2012



"Future of solar bright ‑ with subsidy reform," May 8, 2012

"Washington's roadblocks to clean energy," May 28, 2012