About the Program
We work to build markets for energy efficiency and renewable power sources, to increase our energy independence, create new jobs at home, and reduce the carbon pollution that comes from conventional coal-fired power plants.
Increasing energy efficiency saves energy saves consumers money, makes American companies more competitive, and creates local jobs. Every town and city in every state has the potential to use energy more efficiently—to reduce energy costs and take critical action to reduce carbon pollution. With the right policies, energy efficiency could reduce U.S. end-use energy consumption by 25 percent in 2020.
Renewable energy technologies such as wind, geothermal, solar, and biomass provide clean, domestic energy, and diversify our energy portfolio. We promote policies that harness market forces to make these technologies commercially competitive, such as state renewable power standards. We also promote policies that remove barriers, develop infrastructure, and drive down costs.
U.S. coal-fired plants pollute our air and water, and are responsible for nearly 30 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. To decrease reliance on coal-fired power, we coordinate powerful networks of diverse allies, who have led the charge in states across the country to shut down coal plants and prevent new ones from being built. They help ensure that their communities benefit from clean air and water, and have the opportunity to choose renewable, efficient energy.