Local Clean Energy Alliance 2011 Campaign and Policy Priorities

Claim Our Cash

Each year, Bay Area consumers pay millions of dollars in surcharges to PG&E to run energy efficiency programs, which regularly fail to meet performance goals. Meanwhile, cities and counties lack funding to implement innovative new approaches to energy efficiency and clean energy job creation. We believe that municipalities with vision should be able to administer their own energy efficiency surcharge funds. We’re working with municipal leaders to petition the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to Claim Our (Energy Efficiency) Cash!

Take Action! Call your city council and request that it work with other cities in the region to gain control of and more effectively use energy efficiency funds.

Solutions in Our Back Yard

California needs to ramp up decentralized renewable energy generation. We can harness this opportunity to create jobs in the Bay Area by installing local renewable power in or near cities where the demand is. The alternatives aren’t pretty: continuing economic decline in urban communities, endless delays of renewable projects due to controversies over desert ecosystems and transmission lines, and even more fossil fuel power plants. We’re helping city councils pass resolutions asking the CPUC to favor local decentralized power for California’s energy future. To learn more, check out our report Community Power: Decentralized Renewable Energy in California.

Take Action! Sign the petition on the Local Clean Energy Alliance web site stating you want to see Solutions in Your Back Yard.

Supporting Community Choice Energy

Despite the defeat of Prop 16, Community Choice initiatives still face an uphill battle against PG&E. While each Community Choice initiative is local in nature, broad regional coordination and support can be decisive in the success of each effort. We’re working to build a Bay Area wide political base for defending and expanding local Community Choice initiatives.

Take Action! Get involved in Community Choice efforts where you live.

To connected with any of these campaigns contact Al Weinrub, Local Clean Energy Alliance Coordinator at al.weinrub@comcast.net

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