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 our classic video, created by Tree Ring Productions, highlighting the great work of the Local Clean Energy Alliance in promoting community-based energy! 
 
In 2014, in the Local Clean Energy Alliance teamed up with Tree Ring Productions and initiated a crowd--funding campaign on IndieGoGo to raise the money needed to finance a ne

The New CPUC Must Work for Californians, not Corporations!

(11/2021) Reclaim Our Power Utility Justice Campaign needs your help in fighting for the safe, reliable, worker and community controlled energy system we all need!  

The California Public Utilities Commission holds enormous power over our energy future- everything from broadband and water, to regulating PG&E and the other Investor Owned Utilities. And now, after an unexpected resignation, Governor Newsom has to appoint the next President of the powerful Commission. 

Tell Newsom: Protect Rooftop Solar

(11/2021) PG&E and California’s other investor-owned utilities are trying once again to put the brakes on local on-site solar. Last June we beat back AB 1139, their effort to gut Net Metering, California's cornerstone rooftop solar policy. Now they’ve taken their attack on local solar to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Why We Need Energy Justice

(11/2021) The Nonprofit Quarterly has recently published a feature article by Al Weinrub, Coordinator of the Local Clean Energy Alliance, in its special issue on Climate Justice.

Whose Community Power?

(11/2021) Last Wednesday, November 10, a board meeting of California Community Power (CCPower) put the title of the agency in doubt by ignoring a significant amount of community feedback from labor, environmental justice and Community Choice advocacy organizations. These community representatives were urging the CCPower Board to reject a proposal that would allow them to  not develop policies to guide the collaborative projects the agency implements. Such policies could set standards to safeguard labor and environmental justice concerns. The Board chose to reject community feedback and passed the non-policy making policy 8 votes to 2. 

Thursday: Reject PG&E's Wildfire Plan - Let's Finish the Job.

(10/2021) Last month, as PG&E was seeking another rubber stamp for their failing wildfire plans, LCEA members rose up and demanded that they be held accountable for the fires, smoke, and devastation in our communities, and no longer get a pass from California regulators. 

It worked- but this Thursday (10/21) we’ve got to finish the job.

Newly Released: People’s Utility Justice Playbook

(10/2021) Utilities have their playbook; it’s time we had our own. 

As utilities like PG&E increasingly fail to protect us in the face of climate change. They also impose rate hikes, undermine Community Choice energy, and attack rooftop solar. We need to expose their tactics and build our organizing strength—to not only fight back but to take the offensive. Just as the Reclaim Our Power: Utility Justice Campaign is doing here in Northern California.

Are you Passionate about Advancing Local Clean Energy? Join the EBCE Staff!

(10/2021) East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) has four job openings including the Program Manager, Resilience. The application deadline is 5pm on Friday, November 5.

Reclaim Our Power Campaign was invited to the Daybreak Podcast

(09/2021) Shaina Nanavati, research organizer for Reclaim Our Power, was recently interviewed on the Daybreak podcast with Jackie Fielder. Host Jackie Fielder asks how PG&E caused the 2017 and 2018 fires, whether wildfire victims have been adequately compensated (spoiler: no), and what a just alternative to (potentially a takeover of) PG&E looks like.

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