In an era of rising environmental awareness, older practices have been called into question for contributing to climate change. Coal-fired energy production, for example, has been practiced around the world for decades and is one of the leading emitters of greenhouse gases worldwide.
Several advocacy organizations and government agencies have demanded a shift away from coal-fired energy production due to its environmental impact on water and air quality and greenhouse gas emissions. They urge a move toward cleaner, more sustainable alternatives.
Utility companies are making the switch through renewable energy plans like our Clean Energy Blueprint. Research, legislation and financial aid from government agencies support utility companies that work to increase renewable energy access nationwide. These agencies also represent public interest and utility companies on the legislative floor, drafting and supporting clean energy legislation.
Let’s look at four advocacy agencies that work to build a sustainable future supported by government legislation:
The Iowa Environmental Council is a nonprofit organization focused on advocating for environmental protection, conservation and sustainable policies across the state. The organization works to raise awareness about environmental issues, engage the public and influence policy decisions to promote a healthier environment for current and future generations.
In 2019, Governor Evers launched the Wisconsin Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy to develop policies and programs that promote use of clean energy resources and technologies. Their initiatives support healthy communities, sustainable land use and a clean energy grid.
The Council on Environmental Quality is an agency within the executive branch of the federal government that develops environmental policy and initiatives. It’s primary purpose is to advise and assist the president on policies related to energy, natural resources and transportation among other things, and to ensure environmental considerations are taken into account.
Lastly, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is a group within the United States Department of Energy that helps accelerate the transition to clean, secure and sustainable energy across the country. It supports the research and development of renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and bioenergy.
All four of these agencies engage with various stakeholders, including environmental organizations, industry groups and the public to gather input and feedback on environmental actions. They send reports to lawmakers for renewable energy and environmental legislation advocacy.
Learn more about each of the agencies mentioned above by visiting their websites and find out how to get involved in their work. With public support and input, the transition to renewable energy can be a positive partnership between utility companies, legislators and community members, creating a more sustainable future and building strong communities in the process.