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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 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

PG&E "Failing Since Bankruptcy" Scorecard Is Out!

(04/2021) On Thursday, April 8th, the Reclaim Our Power Campaign released the "Failing Since Bankruptcy"- a scorecard grading PG&E on their failure to keep Californians safe. Fire survivors, people with disabilities, ratepayers, and young people spoke powerfully about the ways PG&E has harmed our communities since they were allowed out of bankruptcy in June 2020.

Thursday: Take Action to Reject PG&E's "License to Burn!"

(04/2021) Reclaim Our Power is asking for your help! On Thursday April 15th, the CPUC is voting on whether to approve PG&E's "safety certificate"- or as we call it, their "License to Burn." After years of dangerous negligence that have killed more than 100 people, and with the Zogg fire, raising rates, and more shutoffs all since they were let out of bankruptcy, it's long past time to reject PG&E's ability to burn us down and shut us off. We're asking the commission to reject the safety certificate, and move us closer to a safe, reliable, worker and community controlled energy system. Will you join us?

LCEA is in the News Again!

(03/2021) Local Clean Energy Alliance’s Jessica Tovar was interviewed by The Intercept’s Alleen Brown and San Francisco Chronicle’s J.D. Morris about Texas blackouts and transition to renewable energy. 

Stop the PG&E Attack on Rooftop Solar

(03/2021) PG&E and California’s other investor-owned utilities are pushing the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to gut Net Metering, California's cornerstone rooftop solar policy. 
 

Battle Looms Over Utility Bilking of California Ratepayers

(02/2021) The California Alliance for Community Energy has recently released a position paper calling for a statewide legislative effort to eliminate a fee on Community Choice energy customers that results in all California ratepayers being bilked by PG&E and the state’s other monopoly utilities. 

CPUC Stymies Community Microgrid Development

(02/2021) Despite public comment from over two dozen community advocates calling for community-driven energy resilience, the CPUC voted unanimously on January 14 to put microgrid development rules in place that fail to meet community needs.
 
At issue is whether frontline communities will be able to create community-based resilience centers where key services can be provided to those most in need when electric power is shut off. These resilience centers would use microgrid technology to continue to provide electricity to schools, community centers, food banks, and other facilities that are critical for community health and safety. Currently there are many barriers to installing microgrid technology at such facilities, especially in low-income communities and those most at risk during power shutoffs. 

Stop PG&E from controlling our "community" energy!

(01/2021) This Thursday, January 14, with little public input, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is rushing a vote to set the rules for building resilient energy in the form of microgrids that could protect our communities from shutoffs in the future. 
 
Reclaim Our Power: Utility Justice Campaign (ROP) has submitted a letter calling for the CPUC to focus on protecting disadvantaged communities, by including community voices in determining rules for microgrid development in order to guarantee equity in access to these critical energy resources. The CPUC must not allow PG&E and other private utilities to control energy resilience in our communities. 

2020 Strategic Convening: National Energy Democracy Project Sets 2021 Directions

(01/2021) This past November 20-22, thirty plus organizations, from east to west and north to south, gathered virtually for the second annual Strategic Convening of the Energy Democracy Project. The Project’s Affiliated Organizations consist mainly of local frontline organizations engaged in a broad range of energy democracy efforts in their respective communities.

Speaking of the accomplishments of the convening, Jessica Tovar, of the Local Clean Energy Alliance, said, “We developed stronger alignment around what is happening in our communities and how it connects together to accelerate a national energy democracy movement.”

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