Charge works with civil society, electricity customers, regulators, utilities and clean energy entrepreneurs to reform electricity sectors so that they can effectively spur socio-economic growth, provide universal access to affordable and clean energy, and accelerate low carbon development by unleashing the full value of cheap, reliable renewables, energy efficiency and supporting technologies. Foundational to transformation, the benefits and costs must be reasonably aligned among the stakeholders and the poorest consumers must be shielded from risks.
Generate actionable information.The Charge team undertakes primary research on renewable energy and leverage the growing body of existing research to effectively communicate key messages to decision-makers and the media. We identify how costs, benefits, and risks of RE are distributed, gather comparative data on development impacts of different sources of energy, articulate why clean energy is both necessary and can be affordable, and summarize lessons from pioneering markets and countries.
Shift the model. We demonstrate new cost-effective RE procurement models, undertake pilot efforts— such as collaborations between commercial customers and utilities – to deliver low-cost RE, demonstrate the value of better outcomes for more inclusive integrated resource planning processes, and illustrate how utilities can be financially viable and technically successful.
Scale up. In order to scale up successful RE models, both across the US and internationally, we will develop national and regional policy, produce tools and gather best practices to shape “soft law” norms and expectations, and shift national and international public finance toward demonstrated models that deliver adequate, reliable, and clean energy most equitably and cost-effectively.