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Our mission is to promote the transition to a sustainable energy future by advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Energy Foundation works to build a prosperous and healthy future powered by clean, reliable, and secure sources of energy. A thriving clean energy industry will help grow the economy, offer workers good jobs in viable industries, strengthen national security, and keep our air and water clean and healthy—for today’s children and future generations.

A partnership of leading foundations launched Energy Foundation in 1991 and Energy Foundation China in 1999. Our primary role is as a grantmaker; pragmatic and nonpartisan, the foundation supports grantees who provide education and analysis to promote policy solutions that build markets for clean energy technology. We collaborate with these grantees, as well as with funding partners, allies, and others who believe that advancing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other solutions can open doors to greater innovation and productivity—growing the economy with dramatically less pollution. We’re making progress in the largest and fastest-growing energy markets in the world.

In the U.S., our programs include Policy, Public Engagement, and Strategic Communications. Program staff work on strategy development, policy innovation, and campaign design, focusing on the power, transportation, and buildings sectors, and build national and state support for clean energy and strong climate policies. Our States and Regions Team is a cross-disciplinary cohort of staff policy, communications, and campaign experts dedicated to advancing strong state and regional policies. Energy Foundation China, based in our Beijing office, assists China in its clean energy transition by supporting policy research, the development of new standards, capacity building, and dissemination of best practices in the sectors of clean power, environmental management, industry, low-carbon economic growth, low-carbon cities, and transportation, as well as through strategic communications.

For more than two decades we have supported grantees to help educate policymakers and the general public about the health and economic benefits of a clean energy economy. Grantees include business, health, labor, environmental, faith, equity, free-market, and consumer groups, as well as policy experts, military organizations, think tanks, and universities.

The foundation’s headquarters are in San Francisco, CA, with satellite locations in Raleigh, NC; Chicago, IL; and Las Vegas, NV. Energy Foundation China offices are located in Beijing, China.






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This page: Warren Gretz/NREL
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Slide show: Buildings, Power, Transportation, Climate—Dennis Schroeder/NREL; Energy Foundation China: Courtesy of ClimateWorks Foundation
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