Who we are

Powering the clean energy economy in Nevada and the West since 2008.


Clean Energy Project, Inc. (CEP) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to powering a cleaner, more sensible energy future through education and engagement with policy makers, business and community leaders, and citizens on the benefits of developing a clean energy economy.


What We Do

The goal of CEP is to grow the clean energy economy and create jobs through policy development. CEP compiles and promotes the economic benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy investments through public education events, such as the National Clean Energy Summit, community and business outreach, and media engagement. We do this by partnering with like-minded businesses and business-focused organizations, federal state and local government, and community organizations. CEP is a technology neutral organization and focuses on advancing the “business of clean energy”.



Since CEP’s inception, it has diligently worked to help educate policy leaders throughout the West as to the benefits of clean energy. In Nevada, CEP has seen clean energy large-scale project investments grow to more than $6.7 billion alone with 31 clean energy projects completed. Click here to learn more about clean energy investment in Nevada.

Due to its geography and climate, the Silver State has seen record per capita clean energy employment growth attracting thousands of new, high-paying jobs and remains among the top states for both solar and geothermal energy production potential.

To date, there are more than 31,000 clean energy jobs in Nevada with 2,700 being added in last year alone. Click here to read our 2017 jobs report, co-authored with E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs).


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Meet Team CEP

Karen Wayland

Executive Director


As Executive Director, Karen Wayland provides leadership for the organization by establishing and implementing strategic goals for the organization and ensures constant progression of CEP’s mission. Previously, she was a senior official at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she established the State, Local and Tribal Policy Office in the Energy Policy and Systems Analysis Office and was a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary. She served as a senior advisor to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and was named by Roll Call magazine as one of Capitol Hill’s top ten energy staffers to know. She was the Legislative Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council for five years and chaired the national environmental community’s climate and energy coalition. She also worked for Senator Harry Reid, where she covered energy, nuclear waste, water, and Native American issues. She directed the Earth and Marine Sciences Program at Earthwatch, a nonprofit organization that funds scientific research by recruiting paying volunteers. Wayland has appeared as a commentator on major TV and radio programs, including CNN, MSNBC, and the Diane Rhem Show. She holds a Master’s of Science from the University of Connecticut and a Dual Ph.D. in the fields of geochemistry and resource development from Michigan State University.

Jarrett Clark

Program & Communications Director


As Program & Communications Director, Jarrett Clark leads the organization’s communications efforts and develops strategic programs for educating and engaging a variety of stakeholders on the economic benefits of renewable energy development. His previous experience includes the Nevada Department of Transportation’s Zero Fatalities traffic safety campaign, Joyce Woodhouse for Nevada State Senate and several projects in political and public awareness campaigns, government, healthcare, entertainment, and nonprofit sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Arkansas State University and serves on the university’s Professional Advisory Board for the Department of Communications.