Clean Energy Group, Inc. - GuideStar Profile (2023)

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akaCEG |Montpelier, VT|www.cleanegroup.org

Mission

Clean Energy Group (CEG), a leading national nonprofit advocacy organization, works to provide technical assistance, independent analysis, and policy support to address climate mitigation, adaptation, and energy justice. CEG collaborates with partners across private, governmental, and nonprofit sectors to accelerate the equitable deployment of innovative clean energy technologies and the implementation of inclusive clean energy programs, policies, and equity. CEG’s mission to accelerate an equitable and inclusive transition to a resilient, sustainable, clean energy future informs its work with frontline communities, environmental justice advocates, technical experts, and transformative leaders to advance a just energy transition to a resilient, clean energy future.

Ruling yearinfo

1999

President

Mr. Seth Mullendore

Deputy Director

Melanie Santiago-Mosier

Main address

50 State St., Ste 1

Montpelier, VT 05602 USA

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Fundraising Contact

Ms. Maria Costello

Manager Program Administration

Fundraising contact phone: (802) 223-2554 Ext 203

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Physical Address

50 State St., Ste 1

Montpelier, VT 05602


Payment Address

50 State St., Ste 1

Montpelier, VT 05602


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Legal name of organization: Clean Energy Group, Inc.

EIN for payable organization: 03-0359346


EIN

03-0359346

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Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (C05)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Clean Energy Group (CEG) works at the forefront of clean energy innovation to enable a just energy transition to address the urgency of the climate crisis. CEG's mission is to accelerate an equitable and inclusive transition to a resilient, sustainable, clean energy future.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success,and who do the programs serve?

Resilient Power Project

The Resilient Power Project, a joint initiative of Clean Energy Group and Meridian Institute, is focused on accelerating market development of resilient, clean energy solutions for affordable housing and critical community facilities in low-income and disadvantaged communities. The Project is targeted to the deployment of solar PV combined with energy storage (solar+storage) – to power essential services during extended power outages and to reduce the economic burden of energy costs in vulnerable communities. The goal is to further clean energy equity by ensuring that all communities have access to the economic, health, and resiliency benefits that solar and energy storage technologies can provide.

Population(s) Served

Adults

Energy Storage

Clean Energy Group is actively engaged in establishing a state policy platform for the advancement of energy storage markets and deployment of energy storage solutions to advance economic, environmental, and public health goals.

The next wave of America’s clean energy revolution will be built on a foundation of energy storage. This is particularly true in light of the current environment of dwindling federal support for clean energy, and pushback against renewable-enabling programs such as net metering and federal tax credits. Now, more than ever, states need to focus on how to scale up clean energy using economic and business strategies, supported a strong policy strategy.

Increasingly, the fate of clean energy development will depend on the success of energy storage. States on the forefront of clean energy, such as Hawaii and California, are already grappling with the difficulties that come with relying on existing infrastructure to incorporate higher and higher levels of intermittent, distributed energy sources. Energy storage will be a key component to any grid modernization strategy, enabling the electric power system to become more efficient and reliable and facilitating the transition towards more renewable generation.

This project works to help translate that potential into new energy storage market opportunities. The project is designed to build a state-level platform that establishes the foundation for developing effective energy storage policies and programs across the country. The need for this approach is clear in this early market stage of energy storage.

Population(s) Served

Adults

Clean Energy States Alliance

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is a national, nonprofit coalition of public agencies and organizations working together to advance clean energy. CESA is managed by Clean Energy Group. CESA members—mostly state agencies—include many of the most innovative, successful, and influential public funders of clean energy initiatives in the country.

CESA works with state leaders, federal agencies, industry representatives, and other stakeholders to develop and promote clean energy technologies and markets. It supports effective state and local policies, programs, and innovation in the clean energy generation sector, with an emphasis on renewable energy, financing strategies, and economic development. CESA facilitates information sharing, provides technical assistance, coordinates multi-state collaborative projects, and communicates the views and achievements of its members.

For more information and resources related to CESA and its member organizations, visit the CESA website: www.cesa.org.

Population(s) Served

Adults

Phase Out Peakers

Clean Energy Group’s Phase Out Peakers initiative is a collaborative effort to support local community and environmental justice groups across the country in their battles to phase out fossil fuel peaker power plants and replace them with clean renewables and battery storage technologies. It is the first national effort to systematically demonstrate with analysis and technology assessments how communities could use clean energy alternatives with battery storage to meet peak electricity demand and to capture local health and wealth benefits. CEG is collaborating with New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, UPROSE, THE POINT CDC, and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (collectively known as the PEAK Coalition) to cast a light on the environmental and economic harms that peaker plants inflict on environmental justice communities in New York City and to accelerate the replacement of the city’s fleet of polluting peaker plants with renewables and battery storage technologies.

Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Multiracial people

Adults

Children and youth

Where we work

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    Our Sustainable Development Goals

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    Goals & Strategy

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    What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

    CEG seeks to fill a critical resource gap by advancing new clean energy initiatives and serving as a trusted source of technical expertise and independent analysis in support of communities, nonprofit advocates, and government leaders working on the frontlines of climate change and the clean energy transition. We collaborate with partners across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to accelerate the equitable deployment of clean energy technologies and the development of inclusive clean energy programs, policies, and finance tools.

    Guiding Principles:

    The work that we do is framed by four basic guiding principles:

    1) Access to clean, reliable, and affordable energy is a basic human right.
    2) No community should be disproportionately burdened by negative health, economic, and environmental impacts resulting from practices related to the extraction, production, and consumption of energy.
    3) The transition from fossil fuels to an energy system based on clean, renewable generation must include and prioritize frontline and environmental justice communities, providing opportunities for economic advancement and equitable participation in energy decision-making processes.
    4) Inclusive, collaborative, and equitable solutions are necessary to ensure a just transition to a sustainable clean energy future.

    What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

    Clean Energy Group employs several strategies to achieve its mission.

    •Partnership Development. CEG partners with affordable housing developers, environmental justice organizations, critical service and health care providers, community-based organizations, municipalities, state energy offices, and others to support local resilient power solutions. CEG assists diverse partner organizations working for energy resilience in their communities and tailors support to fit their needs, while also connecting our partners with each other to build national networks and help facilitate coalitions to fight for change.
    •Provide Technical Expertise. CEG informs, coordinates, and assists in the planning and implementation of resilient power projects in underserved communities, providing one-on-one technical assistance for community leaders. To date, CEG has provided one-on-one technical support to over 175 community partners, representing efforts to develop resilient power solutions for more than 350 community-serving facilities.
    •Knowledge Building and Information Sharing. CEG develops educational materials that serve a variety of partners, stakeholders, and decision makers, including informative materials such as a resilient power toolkit, webinars, reports and case studies. CEG has presented at webinars or hosted webinars on solar+storage for multifamily affordable housing, state officials, environmental justice groups on topics such as on energy storage for social equity; incorporating equity concerns into resilience planning; solar+storage as a tool for tribal energy sovereignty and resilience; community resilience hubs; financing resilient power in underserved communities; and overcoming barriers to solar+storage in critical facilities serving low-income communities, among other topics.
    •State Energy Storage Policy. CEG supports the development and implementation of energy storage policy, programs, and regulations in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast; provides state energy agencies with needed independent technical analysis in support of clean energy and equity goals; shares information with state policymakers, regulators, stakeholders, and ratepayers; provides technical support to ensure successful battery storage project deployments to benefit target populations.
    •Energy Equity. In addition to our work to advance clean energy equity and accessibility through the Resilient Power Project, we collaborate closely with multiple frontline community-based organizations and environmental justice organizations through CEG’s Phase Our Peakers initiative.
    •Multi-stakeholder Engagement. CEG’s staff have experience in developing and managing multi-party projects and collaborative opportunities for information exchange. Staff have provided guidance to states, utilities, and private foundations to scale up solar development for low- and moderate-income (LMI) single-family homes, manufactured homes, affordable housing, and community facilities.

    What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

    Since 1998, Clean Energy Group (CEG), a national, nonprofit advocacy organization, has worked to promote effective clean energy policies, develop low-carbon technology market development strategies, and create new finance tools to advance clean energy markets. CEG’s mission is to accelerate an equitable and inclusive transition to a resilient, sustainable, clean energy future. CEG concentrates on climate mitigation and clean energy issues at the local, state, and national levels as it works with stakeholders from the government, private, and nonprofit sectors. CEG assists states to create and implement innovative practices and public funding programs for clean energy project deployment; creates networks of U.S. policy makers to address climate mitigation and adaptation strategies; and advances effective ownership models and commercialization tools to expand clean energy markets, with a focus on solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery storage for resilient power.

    Clean Energy Group’s projects include resilient power applications in disadvantaged communities and medical facilities, energy storage policies and programs, low-income solar access, and the replacement of fossil-fueled power plants. Above all, CEG also works to create comprehensive policy and finance strategies to scale up clean energy technologies through smart market mechanisms, commercialization pathways, and a focus on energy equity. Headquartered in Montpelier, VT, CEG’s staff includes state energy policy experts and offers expertise in finance, engineering, law, project management, managing multi-stakeholder processes, fund raising, and communications. CEG is funded is funded by major foundations, including The Kresge Foundation, The JPB Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Barr Foundation, and the New York Community Trust. CEG manages the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national nonprofit coalition of public agencies and organizations working together to advance clean energy through public funding initiatives and renewable energy programs in the U.S. CESA’s membership includes energy agencies in 18 states, including California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington (state and D.C.).

    For the last nine years, CEG and CESA have been working on energy storage policy and resilient power projects with the states, municipalities, industry, U.S. Department of Energy, national energy labs, and clean energy developers. We are well positioned to help expand energy storage markets, to assist states and municipalities to develop new policies, to work with battery storage companies to understand their challenges, to develop financing models to fund projects, and to bring energy storage technologies to a much broader and important set of clean energy applications.

    What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

    Clean Energy Group has worked with low-income housing developers and community leaders on solar+storage projects and has assisted with energy storage policy and program development in numerous states, including California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Vermont. We have worked with agencies in several cities, including Baltimore, San Francisco, New York City, Boulder, and Duluth, to develop community resiliency plans and to install resilient power systems. We have provided technical assistance to ensure the successful deployment of resilient solar+storage systems in low-income affordable housing and for critical community facilities, including providing over $1 million in Technical Assistance Fund grants to support feasibility assessments for potential solar+storage installations. We have performed economic modeling for the economic benefits of solar+storage in multifamily affordable housing for several cities, including Chicago, Boston, Washington, DC, New York City, Charleston, Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, and Wilmington, NC. CEG has developed an implementation strategy for resilient solar+storage for critical community facilities that includes not only technical aspects but also policy, financing, codes and standards, and other important aspects of market development. Thus, CEG has the finance, technical, and policy expertise to assist key stakeholders who want to install solar+storage projects in their communities.

    In addition to our work on solar+storage through the Resilient Power Project, CEG, through its sister organization CESA, manages the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) program with U.S. DOE and Sandia National Laboratories. This puts both organizations on the cutting edge of all the state-based demonstration projects around the country. CEG is the only nonprofit in the country in such a position with regard to energy storage technology policy and development.

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    Board of directors
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    Board chair

    Mr. Brian Keane

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    Term: 2021 - 2023

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    Board leadership practices

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    • Board orientation and education
      Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?No
    • CEO oversight
      Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
    • Ethics and transparency
      Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?Yes
    • Board composition
      Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?Yes
    • Board performance
      Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?No

    Organizational demographics

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    Leadership

    The organization's leader identifies as:

    Race & ethnicity

    White/Caucasian/European

    Gender identity

    Male, Not transgender (cisgender)

    The organization's co-leader identifies as:

    Race & ethnicity

    Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)

    Gender identity

    Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

    Race & ethnicity

    Gender identity

    Sexual orientation

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    • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

    Policies and processes

    • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
    • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
    • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

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