The American Clean Power Association and members of its Board of Directors released the following commitment letter regarding the Energy Transition for All initiative, which will benefit workers, communities, and those historically left behind:
March 23, 2022
The United States is in an unprecedented transition toward a clean energy future. Today, wind and solar energy represents roughly 13% of electricity generation in the U.S. By 2030, the clean energy industry could account for as much as 50% of the electricity produced in the U.S. — creating 500,000 jobs, attracting $700 billion in new investment, and completely reimagining how we generate and deliver power across the United States.
This transformation represents an unparalleled opportunity to create a better future for everyone, offering greater access to clean and affordable energy, as well as economic growth and opportunities for investment and innovation.
Alongside this growth, the clean power industry is deeply committed to honoring its social compact with the country and ensuring that our workers, our communities, and those historically left behind stand to benefit from the increase in clean power in the United States.
The American Clean Power Association (ACP) and its over 700 member companies across wind, solar, and energy storage technologies are committed to being a positive part of an equitable Energy Transition for All.
As individual companies, the industry already has a broad range of programs that are providing economic opportunity to transitioning workers and communities while also increasing participation of diverse and underrepresented communities in our industry. Still, we see an opportunity and an obligation to scale best practices and drive a multi-year, cross-sector approach to achieve even greater impact.
No single industry can address these issues alone. We need the proactive intervention and engagement of federal and local policy makers, companies, community leaders, and others, to ensure that the benefits of this historical transition are broadly shared across the United States, especially in communities most vulnerable to this change.
Across 2021, ACP commissioned an in-depth study to map the most impactful path forward, involving dozens of interviews with industry executives, program leaders, and external experts. Today, ACP released the Energy Transition for All Framework that contains a series of multi-year initiatives and associated actions on behalf of the clean power sector across the following three pillars:
Expand opportunity for workers, especially those from transitioning and historically disadvantaged communities.
Create value for communities through supply chains, targeted investments, and local economic development.
Lead in diversity and inclusion, striving towards a workforce and leadership teams that are representative of the communities we operate in.
As we work to achieve these objectives, we will start a process to develop clear targets, monitor our focus, and report on our progress. We will also partner with local and national organizations providing expertise, implementation support, perspectives, and networks that can help us support an energy transition for all.
This is a unique moment in time, and we have a chance to build a 21st century energy system that works for everyone. There is no silver bullet or single solution. It will take coordination from policymakers, community leaders, and industry to ensure the transition is equitable and everyone shares in the economic growth and opportunity. As an industry, we are dedicated to playing our part in creating a better future for everyone and an Energy Transition for All.
The American Clean Power Association and its Board of Directors look forward to working with the entire clean power sector to advance meaningful programs across the coming years.
On behalf the American Clean Power Association and members of its Board of Directors,
AES Clean Energy
American Electric Power
Apex Clean Energy
Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Clearway Energy Group
Cypress Creek Renewables
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions
EDP Renewables North America
Enel Green Power
ENGIE North America
Equinor Wind US
GE Renewable Energy
Infrastructure & Energy Alternatives
Pattern Energy Group
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Vestas North America
 Electricity generation, capacity, and sales in the United States – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
 American Clean Power Association Clean Energy Labor Supply report