NECEC's 2020s Decade of Action

In the last decade, we saw great progress towards a clean energy future here in the Northeast and across the globe. And yet, the science has been clear that the decade was one of climate failure. As reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations panel created to provide objective scientific information on climate change, our planet now has only 10 years to scale successful models to transition to a carbon-free economy, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and avoid the devastating consequences of uncontrollable global temperature rise. With this critical time frame in mind, NECEC has developed this Decade of Action strategy at a scale necessary for meaningful climate progress, and to show the pathway to a clean economy.

Success in the 2020s decade will be critical for the clean energy transition to fully take hold. We must reach greenhouse gas emissions targets by 2030 to put ourselves on a path to net-zero by 2050, prove which models will enable the clean energy transition, and deliver innovative solutions, best practices, and policy frameworks for new sectors and markets. These aggressive goals need the Northeast and partners such as NECEC to develop strategies for collaborative climate investments and prove which new markets and practices will succeed and scale. With NECEC’s uniquely powerful network of problem solvers and innovators, and our location in a Northeast ecosystem keenly focused on driving a transition to clean energy, we are poised to have a transformative impact in creating climate solutions for the future.

Decade of Action Overview

To achieve NECEC’s Decade of Action goals, NECEC needs support to expand three key existing functions for regional success and to establish one new function for global impact in this Decade of Action. Expansion of existing functions includes Enhancing Our Policy & Regulatory Framework, Growing the Innovation Ecosystem, and Proving Clean Economy Market Models. And the new capability we need to establish is Sharing Best Practices Near & Far.

For more information, check out our Decade of Action Overview.

A Decade of Accomplishments Timeline

Since 2008, NECEC has grown from a staff of two to become the leading voice of the US Northeast clean energy industry. This timeline illustrates some of our most important contributions to growing this region into a global model for the clean economy, focusing on three core areas: Innovation, Market Development, and Policy.

View the timeline here.

NECEC's 2021 Annual Report

In 2021 NECEC championed policy and innovation as the northeast took a major leap forward on both clean energy and climate tech. We also announced a new President and expanded our mission to be "NECEC leads the just, equitable and rapid transition to a clean energy future and diverse climate economy." Despite all the challenges of the pandemic, the climate sector marked its arrival as a force for positive change and economic growth.

Read the full report here.

NECEC's 2020 Annual Report

Despite many challenges, 2020 was an important moment for those of us engaged in climate action. Our 2020 Annual Report demonstrates NECEC's commitment to taking meaningful action scale our impact in the decade ahead, and advocate for policies and innovations that will help the Northeast reach aggressive climate targets.

Read the full report here.

NECEC's 2019 Annual Report

NECEC’s 2019 Annual Report shines a light on NECEC and the Northeast's progress in 2019. We hope it will contribute to a deepening of collaboration with our organizations as we charge forward for the critical years ahead.

Read the full report here.

Connect with NECEC’s Decade of Action Team

To explore the opportunity to support NECEC’s Decade of Action, please email or reach out to the NECEC team: