WHAT WE DO
Our state and local governments have set long-term goals for zeroing out emissions and transitioning to clean energy.
CLEER’s role is to help create the necessary annual progress, focusing on three areas:
RAMPING UP RENEWABLES
The twin strategies of the clean energy transition are to produce zero-emissions electricity and to electrify buildings and transportation. CLEER is driving efforts to maximize locally sited solar development, rather than relying on electricity imported from large-scale projects elsewhere. This is key to diversifying the regional economy – and to ensuring a “just transition” that cares for displaced workers and maximizes the benefits of clean energy for all.
Transportation is now the largest source of emissions in Colorado, and decarbonizing the sector requires urgent, concerted action and an array of tactics at the state, regional and local levels. CLEER helped develop what is now ReCharge Colorado, a state program that helps consumers, fleet managers and transit agencies switch to electric vehicles and provides technical assistance to install electric charging facilities. CLEER provides coaching in 14 counties, manages another statewide program to help reduce diesel emissions, and also champions walking, bicycling and transit alternatives.
MAXIMIZING RESOURCE EFFICIENCY
Eliminating emissions from buildings is the other big challenge of the clean energy transition. Building electrification is the long-term solution, but increasing energy efficiency will get us there faster and at much lower cost – plus, it creates jobs and puts money back into the pockets of households and businesses. CLEER developed and manages Garfield Clean Energy’s energy-efficiency programs. It also assists municipalities in updating their energy codes and offers professional trainings.