The Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) is the membership organization of local governments that are adjacent to or impacted by Department of Energy (DOE) activities. ECA's mission is to bring together local government officials in DOE impacted communities to share information, establish policy positions and promote community interests in order to effectively address an increasingly complex set of constituent, environmental, regulatory and economic development needs.
Local government officials need accurate, up-to-date information on developments in the federal government and other energy communities. To keep members informed, ECA provides:
- The monthly ECA Bulletin, with coverage of DOE and community activities throughout the country
- ECA programs including peer exchanges, research reports, and meetings
- The nationally recognized ECA e-mail server, with daily updates on issues affecting energy communities
Analysis of Trends
ECA members benefit from insightful analysis of issues and trends in the DOE complex, helping them to understand the issues they face and develop workable solutions. ECA develops comprehensive reports on issues such as economic development and diversification through the reuse of DOE property, and local government capabilities for long-term stewardship activities. Further, ECA hosts several peer exchanges between members on issues impacting local government.
A More Secure Future
Being heard is essential to getting results. ECA has established extensive relationships with key decision makers. Through these efforts, ECA members have earned a "a place at the table" that helps ensure that decision makers hear their concerns. ECA also advocates its positions by:
- Participating in national forums and advisory groups
- Establishing ties with state governments, Indian Tribes, organized labor and environmental groups
- Sponsoring an annual and fall meeting with topical workshops that provide unique opportunities for members to share experiences and exchange information with each other and top federal officials
Power in Numbers
ECA membership is open to Local Governments, Community Reuse Organizations, and other organizations affiliated with local governments, that have a stake in DOE facilities. Supporting membership is open to corporations, governmental entities, organizations and individuals who have a stake in DOE facilities.