After receiving his Ph.D. in 2009, Zane decided to re-focus his attention on the much more immediate issues of climate change and energy policy on Earth. Today he is the Director of Research and Policy at Clean Energy Action, a small non-profit in Boulder, Colorado, where he works on coal supply issues, risk pricing and allocation in utility regulation, carbon pricing, and new utility business models and financing mechanisms that can be used to deploy renewables and energy efficiency at scale. He has submitted testimony to the Colorado Public Utility Commission related to utility resource planning, and been involved in the City of Boulder's efforts to decarbonize its electricity supply.
Zane's influences include: Carl Sagan, Edward Abbey, Alex Steffen, Vaclav Smil and Jan Gehl. He believes that very high quality lives are available at much lower levels of energy and material resource consumption than are typically seen in the developed world today.