Clean Energy States Alliance

Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA)

A national, nonprofit coalition of public agencies and organizations working together to advance clean energy in states across the country, managed by Clean Energy Group.

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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:

CESA’s Featured Projects:

The State-Federal RPS Collaborative

RPS Collab Mtg 2014The State-Federal RPS Collaborative serves as a forum for the exchange of experiences and lessons learned regarding the implementation of state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policies. It was established to advance dialogue and cooperation among a broad network of state and federal government officials, renewable energy certificate tracking system administrators, NGO experts, industry representatives, and other stakeholders. It is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Energy Foundation. Learn more

The Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP)

blogphoto-NREL-Schroeder-NiCad-batteries-475x325The Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) is a federal-state funding and information sharing project, managed by CESA, that aims to accelerate the deployment of electrical energy storage technologies in the U.S. It offers technical assistance to states and facilitates co-funding partnerships between states and the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn more

The Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC)

July 18, 2013 - Pika energy built a tool to injection mold high performance wind turbine blades. (Photo from Pika Energy)

The Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC) is an alliance of state clean energy programs and utility incentive providers working jointly to tackle the challenges and promote the potential of the small and mid-scale wind market. A primary product of the ITAC collaboration is a unified list of small and mid-sized wind turbines that meet the performance, reliability, acoustic and warranty service expectations of incentive providers. This list has been a critical step in the evolution of the distributed wind market.  Learn more

New England Solar Cost-Reduction Partnership

Solarize-Essex-ReevesFive New England states—Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont—with support and coordination from CESA, have forged the New England Solar Cost-Reduction Partnership. The Partnership, through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II program, is working to build the regional solar market by targeting non-hardware “soft” costs for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Learn more

Renewable Heating and Cooling

Pine pellets infront a wall of firewoods ** Note: Shallow depth of field

This project covers advanced biomass heating systems, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, and solar thermal. Its current primary focus is biomass thermal system efficiency, emissions, testing, and standards. CESA is researching and drafting biomass thermal program best practices and hopes to develop a collaborative approach to biomass thermal policy. Policy recommendations for biomass thermal storage systems are under development. Learn more

State Leadership in Clean Energy ("SLICE") Awards

CESA-SLICE-winners-2012CESA’s State Leadership in Clean Energy (SLICE) Awards recognize state programs that are most effectively accelerating adoption of clean energy technologies. Award winners have funded and supported innovative programs, established funds that provide critical capital investment for clean energy projects, and have collaborated effectively with industry partners, utility commissions, and local governments, all crucial ways to expand the clean energy market. Learn more

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Latest Blog Posts

Advancing Energy Storage Technologies to Meet Clean Energy Goals in Massachusetts

Massachusetts’ Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) grant program was created to jump-start the energy storage industry by piloting innovative, broadly-replicable demonstration projects with multiple value streams, thereby priming Massachusetts for increased commercialization and deployment.

NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Program Provides Funding and Technical Assistance to Support Local Clean Energy Development

NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities program helps local governments earn recognition and grant funding to demonstrate their clean energy leadership and to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment.

Exemplary State Programs Continue Progress in Clean Energy with New Technologies and Markets

The winners of CESA’s 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards continue a tradition of innovation and practical solutions.
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