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People are the key to our clean energy future.

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CEO VEIC

CEO of VEIC. Working nationally at the intersection of decarbonization, innovation, and equity.

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Given that designing and deploying clean energy solutions requires such deep technical expertise, is it any wonder that the human dimension sometimes falls by the wayside? In the short-term, it can seem easier to deploy a new technology than to engage communities in designing the decarbonization solutions that will deliver long-lasting value. Yet, if there’s one thing our 35 years of experience has shown, it’s that we won’t achieve the promise of an equitable clean energy future through technology alone. We need people, too.  

At VEIC, we know that a healthy planet and thriving people go hand in hand. Done right, clean energy solutions address fundamental human needs like clean air, good jobs, affordable energy, and affordable housing. These basics are inextricably related to each person’s physical and mental wellbeing.  

What sets us apart as a nonprofit is our ability to prioritize these human needs in all the solutions we deliver. We know that the most effective solutions combine both technical and human considerations so this is baked into our approach.  

This week we launch a new campaign that brings this strategy into focus by highlighting the solutions of tomorrow that are making an impact on people and planet right now: VEIC Bright Futures.   

Partnering with clean energy leaders across the country has allowed us to deliver technically complex solutions that provide real benefits to people. It's why we prioritized workforce development in New Hampshire's Upper Valley, building sufficient capacity for tomorrow's clean energy initiatives. It's why we wrote a comprehensive playbook on access to health funding – good sense, given clean energy's link to wellness. And it's why we created an equitable solar program, making affordable, renewable power a reality in disadvantaged communities and creating career pathways for local talent. 

To make this kind of holistic work possible, we have teams dedicated to both the technical side and the people side of the clean energy equation. Engineers, data analysts, and computer scientists work alongside customer engagement specialists, behavioral scientists, and communications professionals. At every step of the way, VEIC harnesses the power of people to bring lasting decarbonization solutions to life. This is VEIC at work, making an impact and creating a brighter future for all.  

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