States Form Clean Energy States Alliance

February 03, 2004

Public funds from twelve states formed the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) on January 29. CESA members include seventeen clean energy funds, which are collected from electricity consumers for promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in their respective states. CESA estimates these funds will collectively spend $3.5 billion for clean energy projects over the next decade.

The purpose of the new organization will be to advance multi-state initiatives to promote investment in solar and wind energy, fuel cells, and other clean energy projects. These joint initiatives can make individual funds that operate in a single state more effective and reduce costs. According to CESA Executive Director Lewis Milford, "States see clean energy as a powerful economic development tool." For more information, see CESA's January 29 press release (PDF 145 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

The founding members of CESA are listed as follows:
California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research (PIER)
Connecticut Clean Energy Fund
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Renewable Energy
(Minnesota) Xcel Energy Renewable Energy Development Fund
New Jersey Clean Energy Program
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
(New York) Long Island Power Authority Clean Energy
Ohio Department of Development, Energy Loan Fund
(Oregon) Energy Trust of Oregon
Pennsylvania Sustainable Development Fund
Sustainable Energy Fund of Central Eastern Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Electric Company Sustainable Energy Fund
Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy
The Berks County Community Foundation
West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund
Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund
Wisconsin Focus on Energy's Renewable Energy Program