With Bloomberg Philanthropies’ support, the Beyond Coal campaign has doubled in size, and has already—in partnership with a broad coalition of allies—prevented 160 new coal-fired plants from being built.
Powered by a $50 million grant and additional resources from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Beyond Coal campaign is working to retire one-third of the nation’s coal fleet by 2020. Efforts include making sure current environmental laws are enforced, giving local communities a voice for their concerns, and encouraging the use of cleaner and more efficient energy sources.
Since our partnership was announced, more than 120 plants have committed to closure.
OPENING THE MARKET FOR CLEAN ENERGY
It is not enough to say no to coal. Beyond Coal is creating greater market opportunities for clean energy sources, such as solar and wind power, that already provide clean, affordable energy and good jobs for Americans. The Sierra Club is working with both labor and industry to advance policies that will create new jobs in an expanded clean energy economy.
BEYOND COAL BEGINNINGS
What started in 2002 as a two-person grassroots campaign has quickly grown into a powerhouse effort that is changing the way America produces and consumes energy. Working with local citizens in neighborhoods across the country, Sierra Club organizers and its regional and local partners began fighting the coal industry’s efforts to push through plans for as many as 200 new coal plants, a “coal rush,” that would have locked America into coal power for decades.
Together, they achieved one victory after another. The individual victories may have seemed small, but they added up to a huge accomplishment: a de-facto moratorium on new coal-fired plants. The campaign turned its attention to closing existing coal-fired plants, and have received commitments from over 120 plants to retire or convert to clean energy.