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 gave birth to some of the first forms of collaboration supported by the Network. Since 2005, RE-AMP has grown to over 130 member organizations, and has expanded into strategically-important issue areas, including transportation policy, federal climate policy, and engaging allies.