EESI Programs

EESI educates policymakers, builds coalitions, and develops innovative policies to protect the climate and ensure a healthy, secure, and sustainable future for America. This work is accomplished through three main program areas: Energy and Climate, Sustainable Biomass and Energy, and Transportation and Communities.

Energy and Climate Program

EESI's Energy and Climate Program educates policymakers about renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change through Congressional briefings, the weekly Climate Change News, and policy analysis. It supports policy changes and strategies that will allow the United States and other countries to mitigate climate change, while also reaping the environmental, economic, national security and public health benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

  • High Performance Green Buildings Initiative
    Buildings in the United States account for 40 percent of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. EESI is educating Congress on the importance of the building sector and working to develop policies that encourage or require buildings to be energy efficient and use renewable energy.

Sustainable Biomass and Energy Program

EESI’s strategy is to have biomass – substantively and politically – become part of any climate change mitigation strategy. Enormous opportunities exist for developing rural America’s clean energy resources, including bioenergy – the production of electricity, useable heat, liquid fuels and biobased products from biomass. The Sustainable Biomass and Energy Program works to develop policies and incentives that will help diversify feedstocks and appropriate technologies to build an environmentally sustainable bioenergy industry.

Transportation and Communities Program

Transportation accounts for more than 34 percent of carbon emissions and approximately 70 percent of all U.S. oil use, consuming more than 13.5 million barrels of oil per day. The Transportation and Communities Program works with a wide variety of transportation, energy, economic, and environmental interests to advance policies and programs at the federal and state level to address overlapping energy and climate challenges related to transportation and communities.

  • Rural Energy Savings Program
    The Rural Energy Savings Program is an innovative idea to finance energy efficiency improvements for rural homes with low-cost loans that are repaid through customers’ electric bills (known as “on-bill financing”). EESI is partnering with the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (ECSC) and Central Electric Power Cooperative to implement a pilot project in South Carolina and develop a model that can be replicated across the country.
  • Community Energy Initiative
    EESI is working to advance policies that help communities make greater use of local renewable energy and energy efficiency resources, and to disseminate the lessons learned from cities, towns, and regions that are pioneering community-oriented approaches to meeting local energy needs.
  • Planning for a New Energy and Climate Future
    EESI and the American Planning Association collaborated on this joint project to help planners integrate energy and climate issues into their work. Resources include a database of online tools and a companion report.
  • Idle Reduction and Clean School Bus Curriculum
    EESI worked with the Utah Clean Cities Program and the National Energy Foundation to develop a free curriculum to help school officials and bus drivers reduce unnecessary school bus idling. Idle reduction programs using this curriculum have saved fuel while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants.

PV installation, small wind turbine, manufactured housing, ethanol fermenter, poplar, and biofuel pump photos courtesy of DOE/NREL