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

Energy Democracy Book Event & Gathering

On Thursday, July 26, 2018, the Local Clean Energy Alliance (LCEA) hosted a book event featuring LCEA coordinator, Al Weinrub and other author’s, Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions at Laurel Bookstore in Oakland, CA.

Local Clean Energy Alliance Went to Portland!

On July 13-15, Local Clean Energy Alliance’s Megan O’Neil co-facilitated a Community Energy Justice Summit in Portland, Oregon for over 40 community members. In partnership with Partners for Collaborative Change and Movement Strategy Center, Local Clean Energy Alliance created the two and a half day interactive curriculum to support local community-based organizations and their members to build a collective understanding of energy development fundamentals and energy democracy. We explored the role of energy in the interrelated climate and economic crises we face to understanding what a community based energy system that truly benefits our communities can look like, and how to get there.

June 28th, 2018: A plan for local clean energy development in the East Bay

The Clean Power to the People workshop on June 28, 2018 was a workshop on the newly released draft Local Development Business Plan (LDBP) that is key to East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), Alameda County’s new Community Choice energy program, meeting our communities’ needs. It was also a call to action for community members and organizations to attend the July 18th rally and press conference to be held at the EBCE Board meeting, where  the LDBP is slated for adoption.

Community Microgrids: Building Sustainability and Resilience

When discussing sustainability and clean energy, the topic of microgrids is sure to come up. But what exactly is a microgrid? On the evening of May 10, 2018, at the Movement Strategy Center in Oakland, Local Clean Energy Alliance hosted Rosana Francescato and Matt Renner from the Clean Coalition and Marna Schwartz from Berkeley’s BEAT Microgrid project to answer that question.
 

Earth Society Foundation Honors Local Clean Energy Alliance's Jessica Guadalupe Tovar

On March 21, the Earth Society Foundation honored 20 champions of the environment from around the world at the annual celebration of Earth Day on the Spring Equinox, commemorated with the ringing of the Peace Bell at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.  Local Clean Energy Alliance organizer, Jessica Guadalupe Tovar, was honored for her role in the establishment of East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), Alameda County’s new Community Choice energy program, and securing the commitment of the new public energy agency to prioritize local clean energy resources and community benefits. Jessica joins the ranks of past honorees such as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Human Rights Activist, Rigobertha Mechu Tum; legendary folk singer and environmentalist, Pete Seeger; and renowned anthropologist, Margaret Mead.

A Volunteer's Take on Building a Green Future at Laney College

My name is Eric Heaney, I am a software engineer and game designer. During the week I write software, but on the weekend I am a cross-pollinator, connecting local changemakers to each other to solve big problems.
 
On April 17, I was fortunate enough to head over to Laney College for a tour of their facilities and specifically their green labs with the Local Clean Energy Alliance. I learned a lot about up and coming techniques and technologies that are being employed to make our homes and communities of the future cleaner, greener, and brighter. 

You spoke up for Local Clean Energy on March 21st, 2018!

On March 21, around 30 community members from across Alameda County spoke up for local clean energy at the board meeting of East Bay Community Energy, the County’s new Community Choice energy program.

Sneaky CPUC Resolution Passes despite Huge Statewide Opposition

Around fifty people from all over California gathered February 8, 2018, at 8:30 am in San Francisco to protect Community Choice from interference by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). There were two issues before the CPUC that represented major power grabs by that agency.

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