History & Mission

The Energy Future Coalition was formed in 2002 by Timothy E. Wirth, C. Boyden Gray, and John D. Podesta, with support from the Turner Foundation and the Better World Fund, to address three great challenges related to the production and use of energy:

  • The political and economic threat posed by the world’s dependence on oil.
  • The risk to the global environment from climate change.
  • The lack of access of the world’s poor to modern energy services needed for economic advancement.

More than 150 representatives from business, labor, government, academia, and the NGO community came together in six working groups to create a compelling new vision of what the energy economy could become, and to identify policy changes that would drive us toward a clean energy future. Focusing on practical political coalition-building, the Coalition took aim at the partisan gridlock preventing meaningful energy evolution. In 2003, the Coalition issued its initial report, “Challenge and Opportunity: Charting America’s Energy Future.”

Since then, the Energy Future Coalition has convened numerous dialogues with key players in the energy, environment, and climate spaces. We continue our mission of helping to move the United States toward a new energy economy, finding opportunities for action at the national and state levels within the context of a rapidly evolving energy landscape. Our agenda currently focuses on steps to encourage greater deployment of energy efficiency and increased use of low-carbon electricity; enabling transmission lines to bring remote renewable energy resources to market and reduce consumer costs; adapting utility business models to accommodate new customer requirements and market realities, especially increased energy efficiency and distributed generation; and encouraging the use of renewable fuels to reduce our dependence on oil and protect.

Milestones:

  •  2004 – EFC launched the 25x’25 Alliance

The 25×25’ Alliance is the leading renewable energy initiative in the agriculture and forestry community. Its goal is that by 2025, America’s farms, forests and ranches will provide 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States, while continuing to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed and fiber. The 25x’25 Alliance consists of hundreds of partners, ranging from large corporations to nonprofit groups to individuals eager for a new energy future, and its vision has been endorsed by 35 governors, 15 state legislatures, and by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Through the 25x’25 Alliance, partners are working together to advance renewable energy solutions that are clean, domestically based, and stimulate new economic activity in the U.S.

Rebuilding America is a broad-based coalition of energy efficiency stakeholders seeking to cut the energy waste in 50 million U.S. homes and businesses by 2020. Following successful campaigns in Atlanta and Chicago with contractors, property managers, building owners and labor groups, Rebuilding America is now focused on defending state-level energy efficiency policies as cost-effective drivers of job creation and reduced demand for electricity from fossil fuels – more important now than ever as states develop their implementation strategies for the proposed EPA Clean Power Plan.

Americans for a Clean Energy Grid brings together a diverse group of renewable energy developers, transmission companies, and clean energy advocates to support policies that scale up a cleaner, more efficient electricity system. Americans for a Clean Energy Grid seeks to unlock and demonstrate the economic viability of the domestic wind and solar resources that are currently stranded in our country’s remote areas, in order to bring about a cleaner, more affordable, more reliable and more efficient 21st century electric system.

Released eight years after the Coalition’s foundational report, this update argued that the stakes for getting our nation’s energy policy right remain high, and the mission remains as urgent as ever. Our central insight, as before, was that the nation’s energy challenges are also opportunities – for a stronger economy, greater security, and a more stable climate, and also for business development and job creation. The validity of that insight is even clearer today.

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley charged the Energy Future Coalition with developing a vision of the electric utility of the future. The ensuing report, called Utility 2.0, identified five key attributes utilities should adopt to be successful in an evolving energy landscape. We continue to work with partners to outline the key attributes of a new utility business model for the 21st century.