State Clean Energy Programs Honored for Efforts to Transform U.S. Markets

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national, nonprofit coalition of public agencies working together to advance clean energy, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards. The awards are being given to six outstanding state programs and projects that have accelerated the adoption of clean energy technologies and strengthened clean energy markets. Winners were chosen by an independent panel of five distinguished judges and are featured in a new report.

This year’s award winners represent many of the cutting-edge ideas that are driving the adoption of clean energy. They involve combining commercial property assessed clean energy (C-PACE) with power purchase agreements; combining water conservation with clean energy generation; implementing comprehensive programs to advance the solar industry; and tapping into the power of distributed generation and geo-targeting to ease grid constraints.

The 2016 awards were given to the following organizations:

State energy agencies and organizations from across the country submitted nominations for State Leadership in Clean Energy awards. The judges reviewed the entries and scored them based on public benefits and results, cost effectiveness, leadership and innovation, and replicability.

The programs honored with the 2016 State Leadership in Clean Energy awards are diverse geographically, technologically, and in the size of their programs. But the two things they all have in common are their commitment to clean energy and their ability to get things done.

These award winners illustrate the tremendous creativity and commitment being shown by state agencies across the country in implementing clean energy. Despite many financial, political, and technological challenges, these public servants are finding solutions to make clean energy the go-to option for communities, homes, businesses, public infrastructure, and financial markets.

A report on this year’s State Leadership in Clean Energy award winners, including case studies for each program, is available on CESA’s website at

CESA is hosting a series of webinars highlighting these exemplary programs. The webcasts are free to attend and open to the public. Click on the links below for more information and to register.

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Warren Leon is Executive Director of the Clean Energy States Alliance. He oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations and leads strategy development. He has written and edited many reports for CESA, including serving as lead author for  Returning Champions: State Clean Energy Leadership Since 2015  and  Solar with Justice: Strategies for Powering Up Under-Resourced Communities and Growing an Inclusive Solar Market . Prior to working for CESA, Warren was Director of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, Executive Director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, and Deputy Director for Programs at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He co-authored the influential book  The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices . He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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