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Phyllis Cuttino

Director, Clean Energy
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Phyllis Cuttino is director of Pew’s Clean Energy Program, which works to accelerate the clean energy economy in order to seize its economic, national security and environmental benefits for the nation. Pew advocates for national energy policies that enhance industrial energy efficiency, expand energy research and development and deploy advanced transportation and renewable technologies.

She joined the Pew Charitable Trusts in 2007 as project director for the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency, which played a critical role in passage of the first increase in federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks in more than 30 years.

Cuttino has a background in policy, strategic communications and campaigns. In the policy arena, Cuttino worked on the senior staffs of two United States senators. In philanthropy, she served as vice president of public affairs for Ted Turner’s $1 billion gift to U.N. causes. As a senior vice president at a consulting firm in Washington, Cuttino helped Fortune 500 companies and nongovernmental organizations to influence public policy and increase awareness of critical issues. Cuttino has directed issue advocacy campaigns and served in various roles for political campaigns.

Cuttino holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Furman University.

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Reports & Publications

April 3, 2014

Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race? 2013

Global clean energy investment fell 11 percent to $254 billion, and renewable power generating capacity additions declined by 1 percent in 2013, according to research released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

January 16, 2014

Power Surge: Energy Security and the Department of Defense

The U.S. Department of Defense defines installation energy security as the ability to assure access to reliable sources of energy and deliver that power to meet operational needs on its bases in the United States and abroad.

February 5, 2013

Innovate, Manufacture, Compete: A Clean Energy Plan

The clean energy industry is gathering momentum around the world. Innovation and investment are helping to reduce the cost of solar, wind, and other emerging technologies. Countries and companies are working to harness the economic opportunity associated with these new products, and deployment of clean energy technologies is accelerating globally.

April 12, 2012

Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race? 2011 Edition

Countries have been jockeying for a leadership position in the worldwide clean energy race in recent years. A new report from the Pew Environment Group’s Clean Energy Program reveals that countries with clear, consistent, and constructive clean energy policies are powering global investment forward.

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June 28, 2012

Pew Applauds Senators Bingaman, Feinstein, and Snowe for Supporting Industrial Energy Efficiency

Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Clean Energy Program, issued the following statement today supporting the ‘‘Expanding Industrial Energy and Water Efficiency Incentives Act of 2012’’ introduced by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) that incentivizes the adoption of combined heat and power and waste heat recovery projects.

June 26, 2012

Officials: North Dakota Energy Policy is Model For Country

Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Clean Energy Program, cites North Dakota's energy policy as a model for a national energy policy in an Associated Press article.

May 29, 2012

Senate Panel Cuts Off Navy’s Biofuel Buys

Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate, is quoted in a Wired article about the Senate Armed Services Committee's decision to restrict military purchases of alternative fuels.

April 12, 2012

Global Clean Energy Investment a Record $263 Billion in 2011

According to new research released by The Pew Charitable Trusts, global clean energy finance and investment grew to $263 billion in 2011, a 6.5 percent increase over the previous year.

February 27, 2012

Pew Clean Energy Program Launches Innovation Initiative

The Pew Clean Energy Program today launched Americans for Energy Innovation, a project to achieve a strong and enduring national commitment to energy research, development, and demonstration.

November 16, 2011

Pew Applauds Obama Administration for Proposed Fuel Economy Rule

Phyllis Cuttino, director of Pew’s Clean Energy Program, issued the following statement in reaction to the proposed rule increasing fuel economy standards for light vehicles to 54.5 mpg by 2025.

October 30, 2011

National Security Demands Energy Innovation

Militaries have long used energy innovations to improve their operational capabilities. Today, the U.S. military is prioritizing energy efficiency and new technology to save lives and money, with help from leading companies in Western Pennsylvania.

September 29, 2010

Clean Energy Race At Stake

An op-ed by Phyllis Cuttino, director of the US Global Warming Campaign in the Pew Environment Group, on the importance of a national renewable energy standard.

September 29, 2010

Mass. Green Economy is Second in US

An article from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette's Web site features an interview with Phyllis Cuttino, director of the US Global Warming Campaign in the Pew Environment Group on clean energy jobs in Massachusetts.

September 10, 2010

Reducing Coal Power Plant Pollution Will Save Lives, New Study Finds

An article in The New Mexico Independent on efforts to reduce pollution from coal power plants includes a quote from the Pew Environment Group's Phyllis Cuttino.

June 8, 2010

Why Congress Must Join U.S. Military Leaders in the Fight Against Global Climate Change

Much of the debate over climate change and our energy independence has been limited to the halls of Congress and Sunday morning talk shows.  But according to an array of our nation's most distinguished military and security experts, climate change in the years and decades ahead could place an additional burden on our armed forces and increase international instability.

May 16, 2010

Experts Weigh Chances of Kerry-Lieberman Energy Bill

Phyllis Cuttino, Director of the Pew Environment Group's climate and energy programs, weighs in on the Kerry-Lieberman Energy Bill.

April 20, 2010

Department of Defense Embracing Clean Energy

Pentagon and service agencies are working to enhance security, save money and reduce emissions.

February 3, 2010

Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate Reacts to Department of Defense’s Quadrennial Defense Review

The Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate reacted to the Department of Defense’s Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) which, for the first time, declared global warming will play a “significant role in shaping the future security environment.”

January 30, 2010

Clean Energy's a Jobs Powerhouse

An Op-ed article written by Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Environment Group's global warming campaign, that appeared in The Miami Herald.

January 26, 2010

Clean Energy Incentives Would Bring Good Jobs to Maine

An Op-ed article by Phyllis Cuttino about green jobs.

January 19, 2010

Media Mayhem: On His One Year Anniversary, Obama's Green Report Card

An article from the Mother Nature Network about President Obama's record on the environment during his first year in office.

January 19, 2010

Producing Clean Energy and Providing Good Jobs

A sun that shines more than 300 days a year and breezes humming from the peaks to the plains hallmark Colorado's seasons — and thanks to new technologies they now signal job growth in our state. But Colorado's leaders, at the state and federal level, must push for smart energy policies if we're to maintain our edge.

January 6, 2010

Growing New Jobs in a Greener World

An op-ed by Phyllis Cuttino on the potential impact of clean-energy jobs on the economy.

December 2, 2009

Elusive Goal of Greening U.S. Energy

A New York Times article on America's growing clean energy market quotes Phyllis Cuttino of the Pew Environment Group.

November 9, 2009

Voters in Key States Overwhelmingly Support Action on Energy and Global Warming

Recent surveys of voters conducted for the Pew Environment Group in three swing states and five swing congressional districts find overwhelming support for a two-part plan to reduce global warming emissions and to require use of clean energy sources. 

October 27, 2009

Ailing Planet Seen As Bad for Human Health

An article from The Washington Post about the impact of global warming on human health.

October 5, 2009

Senators, EPA Push to Regulate Emissions

An article from U.S. News & World Report about proposals to increase regulation of greenhouse gas polution.

October 3, 2009

Obama Pressured to Return to Copenhagen for Climate Talks

An article from Bloomberg about pressure from environmentalists on President Obama to secure a global warming agreement.

September 30, 2009

Climate Change Poses Critical Risks for National Security

The Pew Charitable Trusts, Military Officers Association of America and CNA Host National Security, Energy and Climate Forum

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Events & Appearances

February 1, 2011

2011 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference

DC, Washington

The 2011 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference will bring together thousands of labor, environmental, business, elected and community leaders focused on putting into practice the ideas and strategies for a new green economy. For "The Global Clean Energy Race: Policy Matters" workshop on February 8, Phyllis Cuttino, Director of Pew’s Clean Energy Program, will briefly outline the global landscape for the clean energy economy and moderate a panel discussion on three key policies the United States should consider in order to stay in the global race.

December 2, 2009

Press Briefing on Copenhagen Climate Talks

Washington, DC

The Pew Environment Group hosted a phone briefing with Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, on Wednesday, December 2, 2009.

November 11, 2009

Press Briefing: Copenhagen Climate Talks 101

Washington, DC

With one month to go before the Copenhagen summit, leading climate experts will join Janos Pasztor, the director of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team, on a phone briefing this Thursday, November 12 at 10 A.M. EST to set the stage for the upcoming climate meeting. 

September 28, 2009

National Security, Energy and Climate Forum: Challenges and Solutions for the Future

Arlington, VA

The Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and CNA will host the National Security, Energy and Climate Forum: Challenges and Solutions for the Future.

July 22, 2009

Senator John Warner and the Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate Host Media Briefing

Charleston, SC

The Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate will host a media briefing at the Citadel Altman Athletic Center examining the link between climate change and America’s national and energy security.

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