Leeds School of Business

University of Colorado Boulder

Paul Komor

Lecturer • RETool: Clean Energy for the 21st Century


Paul Komor is a Lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder, and a Senior Advisor at E SOURCE, a Boulder-based energy research firm.

His current research is on renewable energy technologies and policies, and their relationship to electric utility restructuring. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in energy policy and technology at CU-Boulder. In 2001 he was awarded the Diebold Foundation for European policy studies, and spent 2001 as a Visiting Academic in the Environmental Policy Group at Imperial College, London.

Prior to joining the University of Colorado faculty, he was a Project Director at the U.S. Congress’s Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), where he worked with both House and Senate Congressional Committees in preparing and evaluating energy legislation. His 1992 report, "Building Energy Efficiency", played a major role in the debates that culminated in the Energy Policy Act of 1992. 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 in 2004 published a book, Renewable Energy Policy, that compares U.S. and EU experiences with renewable energy policies.

In 2005, Paul was selected as the 2006 MAP/Ming Visiting Professor of Energy and the Environment at Stanford University where he spent six months at Stanford researching and teaching on renewable energy policy and technology.

Paul Komor's book, Renewable Energy Policy, is now a required text for ESM 207,"Renewable Energy Law and Policy," at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). His book is now required or recommended reading for courses at University of Denver (DU), University of Utah, Robert Gordon University (UK), and elsewhere.

In 2007, Paul shared in the Nobel Peace Prize. The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change". The IPCC consists of a large number of scientists and researchers – including Paul, who co-authored a chapter on “Mitigation Options for Human Settlements” in the IPCC’s Second Assessment Report. For his work with the IPCC, Paul was named a contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize.

Also in 2007, Paul was appointed CU-Boulder's Energy Education Director, with responsibilities to enhance CU-Boulder's energy education efforts. He is currently working to institute undergraduate and graduate energy certificate programs, increase CU-Boulder's energy course offerings, and establish CU-Boulder as a leader in energy education.

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