The Center for Sustainable Energy announced Monday it is dropping “California” from its name to reflect an expanding role throughout the country in supporting the adoption of clean and renewable energy technology.

The San Diego-based nonprofit organization has recently taken on several programs in other states. These include administering newly established electric vehicle rebates in Massachusetts, directing the Department of Energy’s Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Program for Nevada and Hawaii, and leading part of the department’s nationwide SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge.

In California, the center will continue substantial efforts with state agencies, local and regional governments, organizations and other energy stakeholders to advance renewable technologies, clean transportation and energy efficiency.

“This change represents our transition to serving a wider role as market transformers and implementers of change in helping the nation reach its ambitious sustainable energy and greenhouse gas emission goals,” said Executive Director Len Hering, a retired Navy rear admiral.

“Our sights are set on accelerating the transition to clean energy by changing the old energy models because they simply don’t work anymore. A more sustainable energy future is in the best interest of the preservation of our country, and the world as a whole.”

The center focuses on technical assistance, energy program development and workforce training in areas related to building and home energy performance, solar power and self-generation, advanced energy storage, electric vehicles and energy policy and education.

Founded in 1996, CSE was originally the San Diego Regional Energy Office and served primarily as advisors for strategic energy planning for the San Diego Association of Governments. It became the California Center for Sustainable Energy in 2007 to reflect a growing involvement throughout the state. The center has offices in Los Angeles and Oakland and currently employs 90 staff members.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.

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