Paul Komor

Research Associate

Contact Information

Affiliated Departments

Center for Science & Technology Policy Research

Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute

Secondary Core Area

Research Interests

Renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, policies, and markets.


Ph.D. Stanford University


Paul Komor is the Energy Education Director at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) and a lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder.

As RASEI’s Education Director, Paul is working to establish CU-Boulder as a leader in energy education. Paul also has an active research program in renewable electricity policy, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in energy technology and policy.

Prior to joining the University of Colorado faculty, Paul was a Project Director at the U.S. Congress’ Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), where he worked with both House and Senate Congressional Committees in preparing and evaluating energy legislation.

Prior to joining OTA, he taught at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has published numerous refereed articles, reports, and other papers; and is the author of the textbook Renewable Energy Policy. That book is required or recommended reading for courses at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), University of Denver (DU), University of Utah, Robert Gordon University (UK), and elsewhere.

In 2001, Paul was awarded the Diebold Foundation Fellowship for European policy studies and spent 2001 as a Visiting Academic in the Environmental Policy Group at Imperial College, London. In 2005, Paul was selected as the 2006 MAP/Ming Visiting Professor of Energy and the Environment by Stanford University, where he spent six months at Stanford researching and teaching on renewable energy policy and technology.

In 2007, Paul was named a contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).