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In January 1991, the Rockefeller and MacArthur Foundations, along with the Pew Charitable Trusts, announced the creation of a new partnership. The three large foundations committed $20 million to create the Energy Foundation, a nonpartisan grant-making institution dedicated to developing and disseminating technologies and practices to reduce America’s dependence on non-renewable energy, and to boost energy efficiency.
The Energy Foundation has worked to promote increased energy efficiency and sustainability, primarily through a focus on technology and regulatory solutions. Three “strategic assumptions” underlie all the Foundation’s work:
- New technologies can grow the economy with far less pollution.
- Policy shapes today’s energy markets, determining which technologies thrive or wither.
- Intelligent philanthropy can influence energy policy with multi-billion dollar payoffs.
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