EIN 33-0936366

Center for Sustainable Energy

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Center for Sustainable Energy has a mission to decarbonize. It partnered with Tesla and Olivine to demonstrate the ability to bid five behind-the-meter energy storage systems into California's wholesale energy. In December of 2021, it was awarded up to $250 million block grant to expand the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), which is currently the largest EV charger incentive program in the state.
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California Center for Sustainable Energy
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Program areas at Center for Sustainable Energy

Transportation: EV Incentive Programs Electric vehicle training for dealership sales staff nationwideCSE teamed up with the National Automotive Dealers Association to begin designing an electric vehicle training program for auto dealership sales staff and create a dealer referral network for consumers. The program will provide an EV sales training certification program to help sales staff engage and educate buyers. Vermont clean transportation incentive programsThe Vermont Agency of Transportation tapped CSE to develop and administer a suite of clean transportation incentive programs for state residents to help curb greenhouse gas emissions. The programs include incentives for new plug-in electric vehicles, a replace-your-ride program to scrap older gasoline-powered cars and an electric bike purchase rebate.In 2022, the focus of California legislative interactions centered on providing testimony during budget committee hearings and educating key budget committee staff members on the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.
Transportation: EV Infrastructure Programs Pennsylvania utility EV charging programThe southern Pennsylvania utility PECO selected CSE to administer a pilot incentive program to offset the costs of installing electric vehicle charging infrastructure at workplaces, stores, multiunit dwellings and other sites. Louisiana EV Infrastructure ProgramsCSE was selected by the nonprofit Louisiana Clean Fuels to develop a comprehensive electric vehicle charging infrastructure plan to assist state legislators in obtaining funds from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Using its Caret EV Infrastructure Planner, CSE pinpointed and prioritized sites for public charging, and recommended the types and amounts of charging to install at each location. City of San Diego solar equity programSan Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and CSE launched a $10 million incentive program that provides full funding for solar energy systems for a selection of income-qualified city of San Diego homeowners. SDG&E is providing $1 million a year for 10 years for the equity-based program as part of its franchise agreement with the city. CSE is managing the program, which will provide a model for greater access to solar generation in disadvantaged communities.
Distributed Energy ResourcesThroughout the year, the CSE policy team participated in and commented on various proceedings, hearings and rulemakings related to clean transportation and distributed energy resources before the California Public Utilities Commission. This included low-income multifamily solar incentives, battery energy storage and renewable generation technologies, policy and investment for vehicle electrification infrastructure and net energy metering tariffs. Other comments were made to the California Energy Commission, California Air Resources Board and at the federal level.

Who funds Center for Sustainable Energy

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The San Diego FoundationFor General Support$35,000

Personnel at Center for Sustainable Energy

Brett WilliamsSenior Principal Advisor Transportation / Senior Principal Adv. / Principal Advisor$151,102
Justin McKeeSenior Director Finance and Acct / Director , Accounting and Finance / Director Finance and Acctg / Director Accounting and Finance / Controller$183,392
David ArmourSenior Director , Human Resources / Director , Human Resources / Director Human Resources
Andrea Maria LetzringDirector Product Management and Platform Development$190,698
Chad TaylorOperating Officer / Senior Director , Ev Programs , Process and Technology / Senior Director Process Optimization
...and 17 more key personnel

Financials for Center for Sustainable Energy

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$27,759
Program services$274,111,488
Investment income and dividends$0
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$31,632
Total revenues$274,170,879

Form 990s for Center for Sustainable Energy

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-11-13990View PDF
2021-122022-11-15990View PDF
2020-122021-11-15990View PDF
2019-122021-04-01990View PDF
2018-122020-06-05990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s

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Data update history
January 18, 2024
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
January 15, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 4 new personnel
December 28, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 3 new vendors, including , , and
July 28, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
July 10, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 10 new vendors, including , , , , , , , , , and
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General information
3980 Sherman St 170
San Diego, CA 92110
Metro area
San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA
San Diego County, CA
Website URL
(858) 244-1177
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
C35: Energy Resource Conservation and Development
NAICS code, primary
813319: Social Advocacy Organizations
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