Good Energy Collective

Good Energy Collective

Nuclear Energy Policy Research & Development

The Good Energy Collective supports the equitable adoption of advanced nuclear energy by developing and educating about nuclear policies that align with progressive values and justice-centered climate goals


What problem is Good Energy Collective working on?

Good Energy Collective believes that nuclear energy will be needed to reach ambitious climate goals, but we must first reconstruct the technology for a new era — complete with modern, socially grounded approaches that centre environmental justice.

What does Good Energy Collective do?

Good Energy Collective researches and communicates policies that support the equitable adoption of advanced nuclear energy and that uphold progressive values. It develops policies at every scale to accelerate the just and equitable deployment of advanced nuclear technologies. Its research is rooted in social science and champions a whole-of-government approach, so that communities can progress quickly from ideas to development.

In addition to its policy research, Good Energy:

  • Regularly educates federal officials and congressional staff about its nuclear-inclusive, justice-centred climate policy agenda.
  • Works with climate and environmental justice organisations to co-develop equitable nuclear policy.
  • Engages with industry players and trade groups to help them integrate social and environmental justice frameworks into nuclear planning, siting, and community engagement activities.
  • Minimises redundant workstreams and maximises impact by coordinating with other nonprofit organisations working on nuclear policy.

To maintain independence, Good Energy does not accept donations from corporate actors, and its fully remote work structure reduces operational costs related to office space, supplies, and travel.

What information does Giving What We Can have about the cost-effectiveness of Good Energy Collective?1.

Good Energy was recommended as a top nonprofit working on climate change by Giving Green in 2022. We have not yet looked into Giving Green as part of our evaluators research and have not (yet) deferred to Giving Green for our charity recommendations.

Please note that GWWC does not evaluate individual charities. Our recommendations are based on the research of third-party, impact-focused charity evaluators our research team has found to be particularly well-suited to help donors do the most good per dollar, according to their recent evaluator investigations. Our other supported programs are those that align with our charitable purpose — they are working on a high-impact problem and take a reasonably promising approach (based on publicly-available information).

At Giving What We Can, we focus on the effectiveness of an organisation's work -- what the organisation is actually doing and whether their programs are making a big difference. Some others in the charity recommendation space focus instead on the ratio of admin costs to program spending, part of what we’ve termed the “overhead myth.” See why overhead isn’t the full story and learn more about our approach to charity evaluation.