Clean Energy

The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation is committed to clean energy in the state of Texas and supports strategic efforts that ensure that the state’s growing demand for power is both minimized and met with the cleanest and water-leanest sources of electricity possible. Our clean energy program has three areas of focus:

CGMF seeks to invest in initiatives that enhance progress in these areas of focus and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of Texas’s competitive electricity market structure.  We seek to create innovative and effective energy policies that ensure reliability and resource adequacy while reducing the environmental and health impacts of power generation and industrial sources.

Texas is a leader in utility scale renewables but distributed and community-scale energy remains a significant opportunity for all Texans to benefit from a new, green economy based on clean energy sources and proven energy efficiency measures. Texas has tremendous opportunity to use the power of the market to take advantage of these distributed and community-scale energy resources.

The industrial sector is an important part of the Texas economy, but also a large source of air pollution and greenhouse gases. In fact, Texas has more industrial greenhouse gases than the next three largest US states combined.  Our energy and engineering expertise and can-do attitude ensure that the state can capture its potential to reduce industrial emissions while still growing the economy.

To achieve this vision the Clean Energy Program supports

1. efforts to bring an array of diverse communities to bear on clean energy policy issues, particularly center-right thinking;

2. policies, analysis, and innovative mechanisms that increase distributed and community-scale energy;

3. analysis and collaborative efforts to identify innovative solutions to reduce Texas industrial emissions.

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