New Voices are Rising Summer Externship at LCEA

(07/2020) Hello, my name is Qin He, 20 years old and I am a POD leader for New Voices Are Rising (NVAR) and wrapping up my externship with the Local Clean Energy Alliance (LCEA) this summer. The vision for our NVAR summer program is to teach high school students in Oakland about environmental and social justice to build the next generation of environmental leaders. Tim Little and Jill Ratner founded this grassroot organization in hopes to change and evoke movement for legislation and policies from the bottom-up. 

CPUC Decision Challenged in Court!

(07/2020) Early this month, the Local Clean Energy Alliance and other clean energy organizations supported a challenge in the California Court of Appeals to an October 2018 decision of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Such challenges are rare.

The decision being challenged—authored by Commissioner Carla Peterman (who subsequently joined Sothern California Edison as an executive vice-president)—dramatically increases the ongoing Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) fees that Community Choice customers are forced to pay to PG&E simply because they no longer are buying their electricity from PG&E.

Campaign Fights PG&E Bailout: CPUC Sides with Wall Street, Puts Communities at Risk

(06/2020) On May 28, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a deal between Governor Newsom and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for the company to exit bankruptcy. The deal, which puts ratepayers, wildfire survivors, and our communities at grave risk, was strongly opposed by the Local Clean Energy Alliance and the other organizations leading the Reclaim Our Power Utility Justice Campaign. 

"We need a much better deal,” said Mari Rose Taruc, Coordinator of the Campaign, “one that prioritizes the health and well-being of frontline communities, of frontline workers, of our disabled and medically vulnerable community members. We need a deal that will protect us during the upcoming wildfire season—from getting burned out or having our power shut off."

Nuclear Energy: Which side is your Community Choice program on?

(06/2020) Last month, we shared with you the good news that the governing board of East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), the public energy services provider for Alameda County cities, voted 10-5 to turn down PG&E’s offer of dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear energy as part of EBCE’s 2020 power mix. If you would like to learn more about the fight for a nuclear-free EBCE and East Bay Clean Power Alliance’s advocacy around this issue, please read Case Study: East Bay Community Energy Rejects Nuclear Deal Victory for East Bay Clean Power Alliance in 2020

EBCE Board to Vote on 2020-2021 Budget: Local Development Business Plan on Chopping Block?

(06/2020) On June 17, the East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) Board of Directors will vote on a proposed budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. EBCE Staff has pushed a worst case scenario fearing a $60 million shortfall largely due to higher PCIA fees. The PCIA is the on-going fee that Community Choice customers pay to PG&E, to compensate them for lost energy revenues and utility-owned generation sources such as Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. 

Big Action This Week: Help us stop the PG&E Wall St. Deal!

(05/2020) Governor Newsom's PGE plan is moving forward- and unless we stand up to it, we'll leave our energy, our health and our safety in the hands of Wall St., and not in the hands of the people.
 
LCEA and the Reclaim Our Power Utility Justice Campaign is fighting to shape a better solution to PGE's bankruptcy - one that would protect wildfire survivors, rein in PGE's Wall St. tricks, and lay the groundwork for a safe, reliable, renewable energy system.

East Bay Community Energy Rejects Nuclear Deal: Victory for East Bay Clean Power Alliance

(05/2020) On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, The governing board of East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), the public energy services provider for Alameda County cities, voted 10-5 to keep PG&E’s dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear energy out of EBCE’s 2020 power mix. 
 
The vote represented a big victory for the East Bay Clean Power Alliance, which mobilized community opposition to a scheme by which PB&E intended to dump nuclear power on EBCE, an agency set up to develop local renewable energy to benefit East Bay community residents and businesses. “Buying nuclear power from PG&E was the last thing on anyone’s mind when we created EBCE in 2017” said Jessica Tovar, Coordinator of the Alliance. “It was outrageous that we should have to fight this battle in 2020.”

Thursday, May 28: LCEA Book Club

(05/2020) Please join us for the fifth meeting of the Local Clean Energy Alliance's Book Club: East Bay Green New Deal! We will be focusing on the Local Development Business Plan—East Bay's Own Local Green New Deal. For our fifth meeting, we'll cover Section 2: Supporting Resources, Policies and Strategies. 

No Nukes EBCE April 22 - 50th anniversary of Earth Day!

(04/2020) On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, will you stand up for the planet, and people? East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) and other community choice programs are deliberating over PG&E's offer of nuclear-generated electricity from the Diablo Canyon reactor —under the guise that it's carbon-free and at "no cost."

Let’s Keep East Bay Community Energy Nuclear Free!

(04/2020) The East Bay Clean Power Alliance has worked hard to advocate for the establishment of policies and the implementation of a local Green New Deal through East Bay Community Energy.  Community Choice energy programs alone do not represent our most vulnerable and most fierce community organizing on the ground—we advocate and organize for East Bay Community Energy to do better.  Of course, we cannot continue to do this alone—we have been winning, but at this moment, we also have a lot to lose.

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