World Resource Institute

Delivering Affordable, Reliable and Clean Energy for All

Our Vision

The falling cost of renewable energy means the electricity sector has an opportunity to simultaneously decarbonize and meet growing demand to support economic growth, all while keeping costs low for consumers.

But to meet these twin goals of a decarbonized energy system and economic development, we must rethink the electricity system, including the balance of centralized and distributed resources, the electricity fuel mix and how we plan for meeting new demand.

We envision electricity systems where:

  • Planning models include the latest costs and applications of renewable energy and are informed by data on bottom-up demand;
  • Utilities, regulators and critical decision-makers understand the consumer benefits of renewable energy;
  • Electricity suppliers see clear and compelling opportunity in providing renewable energy to customers;
  • Improved business and financing models make renewable energy affordable for everyone;
  • Distributed energy solutions provided by entrepreneurs are seamlessly integrated into the centralized electric systems;
  • Electricity markets are designed, regulated, and managed in a way that attracts continued investment into low carbon technologies.

Our Approach

Charge is focused on driving alignment in electricity markets to deliver the consumer demand and the investment required for an affordable clean energy transition that benefits all people.

To achieve this goal, Charge works with civil society, electricity customers, regulators, utilities and clean energy entrepreneurs to reform regulated electricity sectors.

Charge engages in multiple markets, including China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and the United States.

  • We assist utilities grappling with the changing landscape to tap into the strengths they offer to clean energy deployment, such as the low cost of capital, cost-effective renewable energy integration strategies, and long-term planning;

  • We work with entrepreneurs offering energy services to scale-up the power they are providing, improve their reliability, and regularize their role in national energy infrastructure;

  • We work with electricity customers, particularly major companies with large energy use and ambitious clean energy goals, to meet their demand for affordable renewable energy;

  • We undertake primary research on renewable energy and leverage the growing body of research to depict the landscape of sustainable energy development for decision-makers and the public;

  • We develop pilot programs with stakeholders across the electricity sector to demonstrate how new models for regulation and renewable energy procurement can deliver low-cost electricity and be replicated quickly through large electricity markets;

  • We analyze national and international public finance to identify models that deliver affordable, reliable clean energy to all consumers;

  • We communicate findings, best practices and lessons through events, blog posts, media outreach, newsletters, social media and other channels to inform a powerful network of energy professionals.