Published on October 5th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart0
Join The Local Clean Energy Alliance’s Clean Power, Healthy Communities Gathering
October 5th, 2017 by Nicolas Zart
The Local Clean Energy Alliance is the California’s Bay Area’s membership-based organization working at the local, state, and national level to promote a clean energy future through the development and democratization of local renewable energy resources. The organization is putting on an event next month you won’t want to miss — the Clean Power, Healthy Communities Gathering.
Clean Power, Healthy Communities Gathering
Aiming towards addressing our ever shifting climate change crisis, advancing social and racial justice, and growing sustainable and resilient communities, the Local Clean Energy Alliance partners with environmental, social justice, business, and community groups to advance this full plate of goodness.
There is something to be said about acting at the local level to decentralize energy systems, something energy producers lobby very hard against behind closed doors. If history has taught us anything, it’s that big groups — despite being well meaning — can get bogged down in bureaucracy and fall prey to external lobby pressures.
But by integrating energy demand reduction and local renewable generation, communities can transition to a clean energy economy by increasing local investment, creating family-sustaining clean energy jobs, and improving community health.
The Alliance On The Go
So far, the Alliance has tackled a few propositions in a grassroots way. For example, it pushed back on Prop 16, which was heavily backed by PG&E in 2010. Proposition 16 would have amended the state constitution to require two-thirds supermajority voter approval before local governments could use public funds or issue bonds to establish or expand public electricity service or community choice aggregation. It was rejected by an approximate 5 point margin. This basically negated Big Energy’s efforts to outlaw local and public energy. The Alliance also led the effort to defeat California bill AB 2145 in 2014, which was yet another utility bill to squash community energy choice. You can read more about it from our fellow writer Roy Hayles here, an article he aptly named “California’s AB 2145 Threatens Community Choice Aggregates.”
The Alliance’s Mission Statement is simple: Promote the development and democratization of local renewable energy resources as key to addressing climate change, advancing social and racial justice, and building sustainable and resilient communities. Simple, sweet, to the point. You can also read a long list of accomplishments the Alliance has achieved here.
The Local Clean Energy Alliance “Clean Power, Healthy Communities” Gathering
The organization has an event coming up that seems worth attending if you’re in the region. The event kicks off at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in Downtown Oakland at 388 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607 on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 6:00–9:00 pm for its “Celebration of Energy Democracy — 10-Year Anniversary & Book Release Party.” On Friday, November 17, the party continues from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm for the “Clean Power, Healthy Communities Action Conference.”