The Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) is the only non-profit, membership organization of local governments adjacent to or impacted by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) activities.  ECA brings together local government officials to share information, establish policy positions, and promote community interests to address an increasingly complex set of constituent, environmental, regulatory, and economic development needs.



Share Information

Local government officials need accurate, up-to-date information on developments in federal policies and priorities across the DOE complex.  Access to information is what drives the development of workable solutions to local problems.  To keep members informed, ECA offers:

  • Regular meetings, including Peer Exchanges across the country and the annual National Cleanup Workshop in Washington, D.C. 

  • The monthly ECA Bulletin, containing a legislative update, federal contracting overview, government accountability reports, inspector general reports, and coverage of significant news stories related to DOE host communities.

  • Regular news updates, covering current events from across the DOE complex.

Analysis of Trends

ECA members benefit from insightful analysis of policies, programs, and trends within the DOE complex.  ECA prepares comprehensive reports on various issues, including economic development and diversification through the reuse of DOE property, local government capabilities for long-term stewardship, contracting and aquisition reform, and more. 


National agendas reflect local interests when community leaders speak from a common platform.  ECA and its extensive membership have established long-standing relationships with key decision makers in DOE Headquarters and Congress.  Through these efforts, ECA members have earned a "place at the table" that helps ensure decision makers hear thie concerns.  ECA advocates for its positions by:

  • Participating in national forums and advisory groups.

  • Establishing and maintaining ties with states, tribes, local governments, organized labor, and environmental groups.

  • Sponsoring workshops and other educational forums which provide unique opportunities for members to share experiences and exchange information.