Bringing the Future of Energy to the People of Today.

Change is a constant in the energy business – and the changes happening in the marketplace today demand that we change the way we think about our business models. Advances in technology, evolving consumer preferences and growing concerns over the economic, environmental and social impacts of climate change are driving the market to demand more low-carbon sources of energy.

A letter from our Founder

Thanks for stopping by – and welcome to 2C Energy.

There’s a lot of noise out there these days, people screaming and yelling instead of solving problems by sitting down and reasoning together. Whether it’s powerful special interests or cable television which pits one side against the other – climate change vs. energy dominance! climate denial vs. the ‘keep it in the ground’ movement! – it’s easy to just decide to turn off the television, unplug your phone, and tune out.

But we don’t have that luxury…

I’ve been in the energy business all of my life. I’m proud of it. Ever since law school, I built a career helping energy companies – big and small – succeed in providing affordable, reliable energy for people.

As I learned more about climate change, I took a personal passion and turned it into a business opportunity: helping Southwestern Energy develop natural resources in environmentally and socially responsible ways, some of them groundbreaking.

But the more I learned, and the more I’ve been part of the debate at home, the more I’ve realized two powerful truths: one, no single company, and no single form of energy can meet the challenge of making the United States the leader of the low-carbon economy the world is demanding, and, two, we’re never going to get there if all we’re doing is yelling at each other from our own chosen ideological corners.

So that’s why I founded this effort: to shift the debate – and to seize the opportunities staring us in the face, before they pass us by.

As a businessman and a concerned citizen, I’ve always believed you meet challenges by sifting through facts, making reasoned calculations, and getting everyone on board. I’ve tried to bring that same way of thinking to 2C Energy.

So let me tell you what I believe, and if you agree, I hope you’ll get involved.

I believe there’s a “rational middle” approach to most problems, including climate change and energy. I believe too much time and money and rhetoric has been wasted trying to divide us and trying to harden ideological and political divisions instead of breaking them down. I believe that even those who reject the science of climate change can find a seat at the table because no one can afford to reject good jobs, economic growth, and sound business models. I believe that dyed-in-the wool, card-carrying environmentalists also want to see affordable, reliable energy sources for today as we move into a low-carbon future. I believe there are market-based solutions that can help unlock the energies of the future and the jobs and industries that come with them, and I believe that if we marry policy with possibilities, then the United States can lead the world in that direction.

And here’s the best part: I’m absolutely convinced that if we roll up our sleeves and do what Americans do best, we can make this energy transformation the best thing to happen to working class America in 60 years.

That’s the purpose of 2C Energy – and that’s my personal passion.

I’m in this fight because I believe that the right thing to do is also the smart thing to do.

Mark Boling

The Low-Carbon Economy Possibilities

  • Inclusive Economic Growth

    Inclusive Economic Growth

  • Energy Security

  • Energy Access for All

    Energy Access for All

The Energy Transition

Policies Must Match Possibilities

If the move to a low-carbon economy is to be successful,  energy transition policies must recognize three important realities:

1.  The energy transition is not one, uniform transition, but a collection of many different transitions, each with its own starting point, unique obstacles to overcome and pathway to success.  How quickly a country decarbonizes its energy system will depend on how successful the country is in mitigating the risks the transition poses to its economy, its energy security and its ability to provide affordable energy to its citizens.

2.  A well-designed carbon pricing program is critical to a successful transition.  But carbon pricing has its limitations. To drive the structural, institutional and technological changes that are required to fully decarbonize the global energy system, transition policies must include targeted regulations to reduce energy waste and promote energy efficiency, government funding to accelerate development and deployment of low-carbon energy technologies, and transition management programs to mitigate transition risks, like job displacement and cost-of-living increases.

3.  The “rules of engagement” for the energy transition have changed dramatically over the last 10 years.  The old narrative that the world must choose between doing what is right for the environment and doing what is best for the economy has been proven false.  The real challenge America faces is figuring out how to be the first and best at decarbonizing our energy system.  The country that can minimize its energy waste and maximize its production of affordable, reliable, low-carbon energy will gain an enormous advantage in the global economy.  The energy transition may have started as a moral imperative, but it has become an economic necessity.

 

 

The Sustainable Development Goals – Possibilities Become Realities

Our Sustainable Village Model is a community-based, holistic approach to sustainable development that focuses on integrating what 2C Energy believes are the 6 pillars of sustainable living:

1. Clean Water.
2. Clean Energy.
3. Proper Nutrition.
4. Quality Healthcare.
5. Foundational Education and Vocational Training.
6. Inclusive Access to Productive Employment.

By integrating the environmental, social and economic elements of sustainability, each pillar reinforces the others, creating a strong foundation for lasting change.  The whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Social Sustainability
  • Economic Sustainability

“There are no clinics in Malawi running off of renewable energy, yet Child Legacy International is powering an entire hospital without blackouts.  They prove that renewable energy can make all things possible in rural Africa.”

-The Medical Council of Malawi

 

Continuous engagement with tribal authorities and other community leaders is essential to the success of the Sustainable Village Model.  Frequent community outreach is also important to monitor progress and get valuable feedback on what is working and what is not working.

 

For the Sustainable Village to become an economically vibrant community, the local population must have access to modern services, equipment and financing to support their businesses. The challenge is how to bridge the gap between the cost of providing the necessary services, equipment and financing and the customer’s ability to pay for them.

To address this challenge, we are developing three (3) different programs: our OASIS™ Program (Optimized Asset Investment Sharing), our Power with a Purpose Program, and our Community Investment Credit Program.

 

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