Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

In 1984, a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders established the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) as an independent non-profit organization. They did so to fill a need for improved debate, independent analysis, and innovative policy ideas for environmental and energy issues. Since then, EESI has occupied a unique niche as an educational resource for national policymakers, an information conduit between federal, state, and local stakeholders, and a catalyst for innovative partnerships. EESI has earned a reputation for working constructively with a wide range of partners and constituencies to advance innovative policy solutions to energy, economic, and environmental chall...
Dec 29, 2015

Paris Climate Accord, Thanks, and Year-end Giving!

EESI highlights the benefits of clean energy
EESI highlights the benefits of clean energy

2015 has been such a critical year for U.S. and global environmental progress—thanks to you and others like you who helped press for action through your Global Giving donation. The substantial progress that was made includes:

  • The finalization of the Clean Power Plan in August, the largest near-term opportunity for CO2 reductions from the power sector in our country. EESI held a series of briefings on the Clean Power Plan, showcasing how it could be cost effectively implemented by states.
  • A steady drumbeat of countries coming forth with their national plans for climate action, including substantial commitments from China and India (indeed, more than 180 countries submitted their climate plans this year!). EESI looked at what China is doing to cut its carbon emissions in a summer briefing.
  • A strong agreement coming out of the Paris climate negotiations, including a goal to keep global warming as low as possible (even lower than the previous international goal of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and to look at each country's progress every five years (see EESI’s analysis of the Paris climate agreement).

You have played a critical role in all of this with your support on Global Giving! Thanks to your generous support in 2015, EESI engaged policymakers on Capitol Hill and staffers at federal agencies to generate the momentum for action.

Now let's make sure we keep this momentum going strong! YOU can advance clean energy in 2016 – when you act today with a year-end 2015 tax deductible gift!

During the climate negotiations in Paris, EESI held a briefing on how the United States and Europe can work together to advance renewable energy. Expert speakers discussed how all levels of governments in the European Union and United States can expand their collaboration on renewable energy to create a more sustainable economy.

The briefing featured a new report by the Center for Climate Strategies, which will examine common challenges and opportunities in the renewable energy sector that are prime candidates for new or enhanced forms of transatlantic collaboration.

Briefing attendees were invited to provide comments and input for the report; they discussed how enhanced transatlantic cooperation can help set the stage for new investments and technologies through greater thought leadership, information sharing, and technical assistance.

In addition to making such briefings possible, you and your support also funds key, fact-filled publications. Just recently, your generous support helped us publish a Fact Sheet on Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2015), in order to help our policymakers understand the economic benefits of clean energy!

You can help advance clean energy policy in 2016 with a gift to EESI through the Global Giving website today! And remember, there are only a few days left to qualify for a 2015 tax deduction!

You are definitely making a difference as we tackle climate change with your Global Giving gift to EESI. Thanks again!

Tom Peterson speaking at briefing on renewables
Tom Peterson speaking at briefing on renewables
full house at EESI briefing on renewable energy
full house at EESI briefing on renewable energy

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Oct 15, 2015

You are helping our country harness the wind!

Audience at September 28 offshore wind briefing
Audience at September 28 offshore wind briefing

Did you know that, in many places, the wind blows more powerfully and steadily offshore than over land? This enables offshore wind farms to generate a greater amount of consistent electricity than land-based wind farms. Despite the benefits of offshore wind, there are currently no operational offshore wind farms in U.S. waters. Europe, by contrast, has been generating power from offshore wind farms since 1991.

But things may be changing soon. That’s where YOU come in! You are already helping us organizing crucial fact-filled briefings to educate policymakers on offshore wind and other complex topics. Thanks to your dedication, last month EESI held a very well-received briefing, "Offshore Wind: Can the U.S. Catch Up with Europe?," examining offshore wind developments in U.S. waters – and showcasing Europe's great success with this technology. In addition to members of the policy community, reporters often attend our briefings, resulting in articles such as this one in Scientific American. Making such media coverage possible is an important way you are helping to increase knowledge of complex, important energy and environmental topics – thanks again!   

Your support allowed us to bring experts together for this important panel on offshore wind. Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski explained that the first U.S. offshore wind project is expected to come online in summer 2016 at Block Island, 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island. Deepwater Wind is leading the Block Island project, which will generate 50 megawatts (MW) of power, enough to power 17,000 homes. The Project Development Director for U.S. Wind, Paul Rich, shared that his company is working on a much larger project off the coast of Maryland, where it plans to have 500 MW of offshore wind operating by 2020. These developments are promising for the growing U.S. offshore wind industry. Officials from the German and British Embassies explained that offshore wind is a far more mature power source in Europe, with more than 10 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind power currently operating.

Efforts in the Senate have sought to catalyze the young U.S. offshore wind industry. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act this past July, to provide a 30-percent investment tax credit for the first 3,000 MW of offshore wind put online. Such an incentive would help the United States realize some of offshore wind's potential, which the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates is more than 4,000 GW, enough to meet all U.S. electricity needs four times over.

Thanks to your generosity, you are helping EESI move clean energy policy forward; you should feel great about that!  

You can help bring more important discussions forward when you renew your support for clean energy policy with a gift to EESI through the Global Giving website today! You are definitely making a difference as we tackle climate change with your Global Giving gift to EESI. Thanks again!

Celebrate America
Celebrate America's progress toward cleaner energy
Deepwater, the first U.S. offshore wind farm
Deepwater, the first U.S. offshore wind farm
Senator Thomas Carper opening up the briefing
Senator Thomas Carper opening up the briefing
The map illustrates how strong offshore winds are
The map illustrates how strong offshore winds are

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Jul 15, 2015

Renewables & Efficiency EXPO, China and Climate Change, and Bonus Day!

Today is Global Giving Bonus Day! Since you are an EESI supporter through Global Giving, I wanted to be sure to alert you of this special opportunity to make an even stronger impact TODAY!

As of now, Global Giving’s partner nonprofits--including EESI--are competing for the chance to receive as much of Global Giving's matching funds as possible. There are $115,000 in Bonus Day matching funds available today! As a Global Giving “Superstar” partner, donations to EESI through the Global Giving website are matched at 50% for gifts of up to $1,000 per donor!

This is the highest matching reward level EESI has ever reached, thanks to you! Any size donation—from $10 to $1,000—will help EESI win bonus gifts of $1,000 by being the organization to earn the most funds and/or have the most individual donors today. It’s the biggest Global Giving matching gift opportunity of the year. We expect funds to run out before the end of the day. Don’t miss this chance to stretch your gift for energy and climate policy engagement further than ever by acting now!

With the Clean Power Plan high on policymakers’ agenda--yet misunderstood and under fire from many sources--today is a very exciting day to give and show your support for climate and energy solutions. 

Your gifts through Global Giving allow EESI to hold critical briefings and events that help educate policymakers in Congress about clean energy and the wide array of solutions to climate change. For example, your gifts, combined with those of others like you, made the 18th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum last Thursday possible! Close to 50 organizations showcased to Congress the wide variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies--including solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass—that can sustainably meet our energy needs. This year’s EXPO drew in close to 1,000 people throughout the day. They came to learn about companies that are working to make clean energy and energy efficiency a reality throughout our nation, creating domestic jobs in the process. This was an amazing opportunity for Congressional staff to hear from clean energy companies, and for EXPO attendees and exhibitors to hear from Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle.

Yesterday, EESI held a public briefing and live webcast, “What Action is China Taking on Climate Change?” in partnership with the World Resources Institute. Timed to coincide with the release of China's national plans for climate mitigation, this was an incredibly important opportunity for the policymaking community to learn about the climate actions China has taken and plans to take as it looks ahead to the international negotiations in Paris. China is the highest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world (the United States comes second), making its commitments particularly critical.

Your renewed support—especially today, on Bonus Day—allows EESI to continue to spread the word to Congress about the importance of addressing climate change both domestically and internationally!

Thank you so much for supporting EESI in finding real solutions for energy and climate challenges, especially on this special Global Giving Bonus Day! You help EESI engage with Congress and the Administration on the Clean Power Plan, the run up to the international negotiations in Paris, the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency, and much, much more.

Learning About Solar Energy
Learning About Solar Energy
Discovering Grid Alternatives
Discovering Grid Alternatives
Networking at the EXPO
Networking at the EXPO

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