Steve Colt

Adjunct Researcher
Research Professor of Energy Economics and Policy



  • Decarbonization
  • Energy Economics
  • Energy, Equity and Justice
  • Greenhouse Gas Inventories
  • Nuclear
  • Railbelt
  • Energy for Heating
  • Arctic Energy Systems


Steve Colt is a research professor of energy economics and policy at ACEP. He works primarily on the Office of Naval Research ARCTIC project, looking at the roles of prices, incentives, and energy policy in supporting and accelerating a shift toward sustainable and resilient energy systems. He is active in ACEP’s decarbonization research and the merging of transportation, heat and electricity in a low-carbon future.

Prior to joining ACEP, Colt worked as an economist at the UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). He served as ISER director from 2007 to 2010. While at ISER, he led Alaska’s first major end use electricity demand study, conducted screening and cost-benefit analyses of energy projects, and built energy planning and analysis models tailored to small Alaska communities. He has also worked for public utility commissions in Maine and California. Colt holds B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Williams College and MIT, respectively.