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).

Success! Oakland’s 2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan Passes Unanimously!

(08/2020) Tuesday, July 28, 2020 the Oakland City Council unanimously approved the 2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP). The approved resolution included the Racial Equity Indicators Assessment (REIA) as a way to ensure that implementation of the ECAP’s programs and policies prioritizes benefits to low income communities and people of color.

Projecting Our Energy Justice Future!

(07/2020) After many months fighting to stop Governor Newsom's bad PG&E/bankruptcy deal, lift the voices of impacted people into the governance of our energy future, and building our movement to #cancelPGE and #ReclaimOurPower, the Reclaim Our Power campaign is entering a new phase. We memorialized the passage of an important date with a powerful press conference, projected striking images of PG&E's deadly failures, and have been pushing hard to shape the legislative solution that aims to serve as a backstop for when PG&E fails California again.

Budget Challenges in East Bay Community Energy for 2020-2021!

(07/2020) On June 17, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) Board of Directors voted on a proposed budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. They had to choose from several scenarios that EBCE staff proposed. The EBCE Board of Directors were faced with a difficult decision due to an increase in the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) rate and the economic impacts of COVID-19.

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