Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), founded in 2002, is the leading voice of public funds in the U.S. whose objective is advancing clean energy and low-carbon technologies and markets. CESA is the only national nonprofit organization representing these state-based public clean energy funds. 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.
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 funds 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 even targeted 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.