Grants to Fresh Energy
2017 (Duration 3 years)
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA — The Energy News Network is an innovative nonprofit project launched by Fresh Energy to provide journalistic coverage of state energy issues in a regional context. Midwest Energy News (founded in 2010), and Southeast Energy News (added with support from the MacArthur Foundation in 2015) provide a highly valued news source with original journalism and tailored email digests covering key stories. State and local decision-making is a critical arena for progress on energy and climate. But as traditional media across the country cut back on energy reporting, there is a growing gap in fact-based coverage of state, local, and utility actions. With an increased emphasis on state-level action on energy and climate, the need for credible, reliable journalism to explain complex issues and watchdog public institutions is more acute than ever. At this moment when federal climate and energy leadership is all but gone, there is a need and opportunity to expand coverage to all 50 states through a model with six regional energy news services—in the Southwest, Pacific, Northeast, and Northwest—in addition to the existing Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News networks. A fully developed, national energy news network makes it possible to: change the clean energy conversation nationally from reaction and misinformation to a focus on state decisions that matter; shape policy debate with documented cases of Energy News Network coverage being used in decision-making forums; and compete in the media marketplace to ensure that news sources funded by corporate and political interests do not fill the gulf in coverage caused by the decline of mainstream daily newspapers.
2014 (Inactive Grant)
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA — Fresh Energy develops clean energy policy. This grant supports an expansion of Fresh Energy’s communications about climate change and clean energy, in order to inform and engage new leaders to make meaningful change. Following the Midwest Energy News model, Fresh Energy will launch a regional publication focused on the southeast United States with the development of Southeast Energy News. The grant will also allow Fresh Energy to begin publishing a daily national climate and energy news summary, which has incubated at the Foundation for the last year and seeks a broader audience of decision-makers.
The MacArthur Foundation awarded Fresh Energy $1,800,000 between 1978 and 2017.