The RE-AMP process began in 2003, when the Garfield Foundation invited thirteen non-governmental organizations and seven foundations working on energy issues in the upper Midwest to examine long-term goals (i.e. what needs to be accomplished over the next 25 years) and the factors that will determine whether those goals are achieved. Through a professionally-led process, participants analyzed and mapped the region’s energy system, detailed the conditions and forces that encourage or discourage the development of clean energy, identified key interrelationships and potential intervention points, and evaluated the effectiveness of current clean energy advocacy in the region.

The participants not only identified a mutual long-term goal, but also developed a common understanding of the system they must influence to achieve that goal. This mutual understanding of the destination and the landscape ahead allows the creation of aligned strategies and metrics for tracking progress. Participants were then ready to implement mutually supporting strategies that took advantage of the best available opportunities to move the system toward positive change. RE-AMP identified four major drivers controlling the system that would determine the degree to which the regional energy sector shifts to clean energy. They were:

  • Benefits in retiring existing coal generation
  • Demand for new pulverized coal generation facilities
  • Market demand for clean energy
  • Achievable levels of energy efficiency

Beginning in January 2005, 30 carefully selected non-governmental organizations were organized into four planning teams and were provided with funding to examine each of these drivers in detail. This was how RE-AMP’s Working Groups got started.

Since 2005, RE-AMP has grown to over 160 organizations, and has expanded into strategically-important issue areas, including transportation policy, federal climate policy, and engaging allies. To learn more about RE-AMP’s current structure and activities, visit the About page.