In 2001, the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) received a $3,935 grant to pay for the Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund’s membership in the coalition. Clean Energy States Alliance is a nonprofit coalition of state clean energy funds and programs working together to develop and promote clean energy technologies and markets. Fourteen northeast and mid-west states have clean energy funds that meet and work together to make up CESA.
CESA provides a forum in which members can share information, work together and with federal agencies on joint projects, join forces to advance their mission in state and federal forums, and benefit from customized analysis and consulting to refine and improve their program offerings.
At a meeting in April 2002, a group of state clean energy funders, including Berks County Community Foundation, decided that it would be beneficial for the states to put together a formal coalition. The funding formula for membership in CESA was based on the current funding levels of each fund.
There are four funds in Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania’s total membership cost is $37,273. That total cost was broken down by each fund, and the Met-Ed Sustainable Energy Fund’s requested funding level was $3,934.50.
Over the past decade, $2 billion of state clean energy fund support has driven the construction of over 50,000 renewable energy projects representing a total investment of $12 billion. States achieve this degree of leveraging by using a range of financial support tools, from rebates to competitive grants to loans.