About Mid-Hudson Energy Transition (MHET)
We envision a future based on energy democracy, with equitable access to clean and healthy energy resources for all. Our programs help make homes and workplaces more energy efficient, healthier and affordable with clean electricity supply, community-based renewable energy, building retrofits and innovative clean transportation initiatives.
Our community-centric approach leverages local knowledge, facilitates local control, and provides opportunities for community ownership of shared clean energy resources. We engage and build on the active, broad involvement of communities, and their elected and grassroots leaders, with particular emphasis on low-income, Black, Indigenous, and communities of color that have been disproportionately harmed by the extractive energy economy and continue to experience the effects of climate change first and worst. All community and faith-based groups, residents, and businesses in the cities that we work with are invited to share their expertise and help design local energy programs.
MHET believes that by taking our energy future into our own hands we will build a just, resilient, stable, and affordable future. This means including everyone as we transition away from fossil energy, making homes and businesses more energy efficient, and creating new forms of cooperative energy ownership and wealth-building.
Our mission is to empower municipalities, residents, and businesses to own and share renewable energy, create healthier buildings, and join in community wealth-building to strengthen the resilience of the Hudson Valley in the face of climate change.
Our long-term vision is for every Mid-Hudson resident to be supplied with local renewable, affordable energy and enjoy clean air and water. We envision every Mid-Hudson resident having an affordable home and workplace that is free of harmful environmental toxins and fossil fuels, as well as the freedom to stay or migrate. We believe in consciously empowering the community to make judgments about its energy future and institutionalizing community control.
Our organization is committed to upholding the following values:
- Energy Democracy: we strive to increase knowledge, ownership, and local control of energy systems.
- Energy Justice: we prioritize populations that have been historically harmed, such as BIPOC and low-income communities, and renters.
- Resilience: we aim to build the capacity to survive climate disruptions.
- Cooperation: we believe in working across differences to arrive at shared, beneficial outcomes.
- Prosperity: we go beyond surviving, but thriving, in a regenerative economy.
- Innovation: we are constantly creating new ideas, solutions, and systems.