Welcome to the Local Clean Energy Alliance!

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 a new video, created by Tree Ring Productions, highlighting the great work of the Local Clean Energy Alliance in promoting community-based energy! 
 

ACTION ALERT: Roll Back the CPUC Attack on Our Communities!

California’s devastating wildfires set the stage for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to provide Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) an initial $6 billion bailout assist. Next, the CPUC will pass billions in fire liability costs onto the public.
 
At the same time, the CPUC is also attacking Community Choice energy, the state's expanding alternative to the monopoly utility model. This latest attack comes in the form of a dramatic fee hike impacting all ratepayers, to cover losses incurred through the utilities’ mismanagement of their electricity procurement obligations.

Clean Power to the People Workshop - Early Actions for Local Development

Since the November 1, 2018 launch of East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), millions of dollars of revenue that used to go to PG&E will remain in Alameda County.  The next phase of our advocacy, starting now, is to ensure that EBCE delivers on promised benefits over the next two years, particularly with respect to the early action items in the Local Development Business Plan (LDBP).
 
Accordingly, we have researched, analyzed, and prioritized 9 of the 12 early action items in the LDBP based on their potential to provide community benefits to the communities that often get shut out of the clean energy economy. 

Public Takeover of PG&E: A Radically Common-Sense Proposal

By Johanna Bozuwa | January 17, 2019 | Truthout
 
California’s large investor-owned utility, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), announced it would be filing for bankruptcy by the end of the month after being faced with $30 billion in damages related to a series of fires over the past two years, including last fall’s deadly Camp Fire, which was allegedly sparked by the utility’s old, faulty transmission lines.
 
That fire killed 86 people, destroyed 14,000 homes in the town of Paradise, and stands as the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history.

Jessica got a Roddenberry Fellowship!

Local Clean Energy Alliance organizer, Jessica Tovar, is a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow! Jessica and Local Clean Energy Alliance are being recognized for our groundbreaking work in establishing East Bay Community Energy,  Alameda County’s brand new public energy service provider. Jessica’s fellowship project is to ensure East Bay Community Energy meets its commitment to developing local clean energy resources to provide environmental, economic, and social justice benefits to our community. 
 
The Roddenberry Fellowship supports 20 activists, organizers, leaders, and changemakers who are working to make the US a more inclusive and equitable place to live. 

Energy Democracy Tour Wraps Up

For climate justice advocates, democratizing energy—not just decarbonizing it—is key to an equitable, sustainable future. This is why we organized the Energy Democracy National Tour last year to highlight the work local communities are doing to take in their own hands the responsibility of building a cleaner and more equitable future.
 
The Tour has now concluded! We are thrilled to invite you to take a minute to review the Tour’s report on our organizing efforts and accomplishments

KPFA: Activists' Efforts to Make PG&E More Accountable to the People of California

According to the Clean Power Exchange website, 17 counties in California have community energy programs that are launched and serving customers. And many more counties have taken steps to move in the direction of community energy. On the Talkies on January 9, we talked about community energy, what it's all about, PG&E, and activists' efforts to make PG&E more accountable to the people of California... 

State Threatens Viability of East Bay Green Energy Program

By Jean Tepperman | January 9, 2019 | East Bay Express
 
Just as Alameda County was launching a new, publicly owned electricity service offering greener electricity at lower prices than PG&E, state regulators put a big new obstacle in its path. A little-noticed decision in October by the California Public Utilities Commission will raise the monthly "exit fee" that customers of East Bay Community Energy and other "community choice" programs have to pay to utility companies like PG&E.

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