January 12, 2022

Momentum for 2022 and Beyond

By: Jenna Barron

2021 was a watershed year for Clean Energy Works. We have seen an unprecedented interest in our work to promote a large-scale transition to a sustainable clean energy economy on terms that are both inclusive and equitable.

We are thankful to our partners and friends across the country and world for working diligently with us to make great strides. The momentum is clear and we need your help to accelerate change. Here are ways that you can get involved:

2021 Key Achievements



    • Record adoption of inclusive utility investment in energy efficiency upgrades: The number of utilities with newly approved or recently launched inclusive utility investment programs in 2021 exceeds the last five years combined. In the last year alone, Clean Energy Works has been a key technical partner in advancing adoption of inclusive utility investment programs and policies in states including Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia.


    • Helped usher $2.5 billion in funding for electric school buses: Clean Energy Works provided financial and policy analysis to the Alliance for Electric School Buses and other allies, which was vital in winning $2.5 billion in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will fund electric school buses, especially for low-income neighborhoods.
    • Making electric vehicles and grids more affordable: In partnership with Roanoke Electric Cooperative and Fermata Energy, we led a pioneering pilot research project that harnesses electric vehicle batteries in order to make vehicles and grids more affordable. The project is determining the additional financial value of using the batteries on-board an electric vehicle when the car is parked at its home base; it has potential to help scale electric vehicle deployment at lower upfront cost nationwide.


Organizational advancement

    • Welcomed Managing Director, Tamara Jones: Tamara brings more than fifteen years of managerial experience in the nonprofit and public sectors and was designated a White House Champion of Change in 2011 for her work with the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance where she administered regional energy efficiency building retrofit programs. Tamara also previously served as the Executive Director for the Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON). With a track record of forging partnerships, Tamara will help Clean Energy Works execute our strategic vision and build systems for impact at scale.
    • Finalist for 2030 Climate Challenge: Clean Energy Works, in partnership with four partner organizations was selected as one of five finalists in the 2030 Climate Challenge for proposing way to create the first statewide virtual power plant by scaling adoption of an inclusive financing tool that enables home energy upgrades to reach mass scale.


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