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We are the Bay Area’s foremost membership 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. We see these resources as key to addressing climate change, advancing social and racial justice, and building sustainable and resilient communities.
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CHECK IT OUT: Community Choice, Community Power Video!

 
Check out our classic video, created by Tree Ring Productions, highlighting the great work of the Local Clean Energy Alliance in promoting community-based energy! 
 
In 2014, in the Local Clean Energy Alliance teamed up with Tree Ring Productions and initiated a crowd--funding campaign on IndieGoGo to raise the money needed to finance a ne

WEBINAR: From East Bay to New Mexico, Community Power Against Nuclear Energy

(11/2020) Learn More: RSVP now for November 12 Community Power Against Nuclear Webinar!

Did you know that some local decision-makers are claiming that nuclear energy is a solution to climate change? Check out this webinar and take action!

On April 22, 2020, our community defeated a proposal at the East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) Board meeting to accept PG&E’s offer of nuclear energy from its Diablo Canyon power plant. The vote of 10-5 against the proposal came after 64 community members spoke out against accepting nuclear energy into our energy mix. 

Community Power Against Nuclear Energy, once again!

(11/2020) Local Clean Energy Alliance needs you to speak out at the November 18 East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) Board meeting, 5:00 pm, to defeat another attempt to include nuclear energy in EBCE’s power mix. You can read our talking points on this Google Doc.
 
Despite the Board having decided only months ago to reject nuclear energy, EBCE staff is bringing the issue back because some cities see PG&E's nuclear as a cheaper way to get "carbon-free" energy at a competitive price—despite the many downsides involved.

Webinar Recording: Effects of California Power Shutoffs

(11/2020) How can you pretend to care about the impact of your power shutoffs, if you're not even keeping track of who's being harmed?

After the calamitous and harmful PG&E initiated shutoffs in 2019, where millions of Californians were left in the dark, researchers from Initiative for Energy Justice (IEJ) set out to find out the depth of the economic, health, and community impact of the shutoffs on the people of California. Shockingly, it quickly came to light that no one- not PG&E, who initiated the shutoffs, nor the CPUC, who regulates the utility, was keeping track of who had been impacted by these massive, unprecedented interruptions to people's vital energy. 

Speak Out Against Nuclear Energy in East Bay Community Energy, Again!

(10/2020) Update: Change in EBCE Oct. 21 Board of Directors Agenda

EBCE Staff has modified the Brilliant 100 agenda item to be considered for the October 21 Board meeting. The item will now be limited to continuing Brilliant 100 until January 31, 2021 at a rate parity with PG&E. Whether EBCE is going to accept nuclear energy from PG&E in order to reduce the cost of that product for certain cities will not be discussed that evening. Please save Wednesday, November 18, 2020 to speak out against EBCE accepting nuclear energy! Of course you are still welcome to make Public Comments at any EBCE Board meeting. 

The First Reclaim Our Power Summit is in the Books!

(10/2020) In September, the Reclaim Our Power Campaign brought together over 50 organizations over the course of two evenings for the first ever Reclaim Our Power Summit! In the midst of deadly wildfires, harrowing smoke and corporate dictated power shutoffs, our communities joined together in demanding a different future, one where we control the power. Part training, part strategy session, part organizing meeting, the summit was a chance to bring together fire survivors, people with disabilities, environmental justice advocates, youth, faith groups, energy experts and more to build our campaign to transform the energy system.

Oh No! Not Nuclear in EBCE Again?!

(09/2020) East Bay clean energy activists were alarmed to discover that the question of including nuclear energy in East Bay Community Energy’s (EBCE) power mix has come up again at the September 16 Board meeting. This time the issue is being framed as an attempt to rescue the EBCE’s Brilliant 100 product (100% carbon-free) that some cities in EBCE lean on to reduce their City’s GHG emissions on paper.

Community Driven Resilience Hubs in the midst of smoke filled skies in California

(09/2020) For the first time ever, we witnessed an apocalyptic orange sky filled with so much smoke that it literally blocked out the sun on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.  This day will forever be remembered by residents of the greater Bay Area and the rest of the world. When we decided to host a webinar about community driven resilience hubs with NorCal Resilience Network on this same date, we anticipated things that could possibly go wrong—such as having a blackout in the middle of the webinar; so we created a back up plan to continue the webinar via phone. However, getting ready for a day that would look like living on Mars never occurred to us. Because energy resilience has different meanings for communities on the ground, we featured a diverse group of grassroots organizers to understand the full range of challenges faced by different communities. We realized that we must plan for a multitude of crises.

Reclaim Our Power is on the move!

(08/2020) This month, we've brought our demand for a safe, reliable, community and worker controlled energy system to two important venues, expanding the message of the Reclaim Our Power Utility Justice Campaign (ROP).

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