Electric power lines and transmission tower in Denver metro area. Photo credit: Al Puente/NREL
Renewable energy technologies such as wind, geothermal, photovoltaic, and biomass have made major advances in the past decade. Policy reforms have created a $70 billion renewables market.
The U.S. must move toward cleaner, more affordable sources of energy.


The Energy Foundation works 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. We coordinate powerful networks of diverse allies who work across the country to advance clean, affordable energy.

Increasing energy efficiency saves energy, saves consumers money, makes American companies more competitive, and creates local jobs. It also improves public health by moving away from energy sources such as coal, which pollutes our water and air and which is responsible for nearly 30 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. 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.

We seek to to make low-carbon investments the most profitable options for utilities and clean energy businesses, and to make a clean grid reliable.