CESA's members represent diverse organizations, from state energy offices and public utilities commissions to municipally owned utilities and quasi-governmental or third-party entities specifically established to administer clean energy funding and programs. Some organizations receive payments through systems benefit charges (SBCs) and similar vehicles, some from payments stemming from settlements of utility mergers or the sale of generation assets, and others from emissions reduction programs such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) or from appropriations in state budgets.
CESA's staff is comprised of professionals with a diverse set of backgrounds and skill sets from lawyers and financial experts to former state clean energy fund managers. CESA is managed by Clean Energy Group, Inc. (CEG), a nonprofit 501(c)(3), publicly supported charitable organization. CEG's mission is to work with all sectors of the economy, including businesses and local citizens, to accelerate the commercialization of clean energy. The organization works to overcome major barriers, including lack of information and technology risk, through carefully structured collaborations, as well as new financing and market development measures.