East Bay Community Choice - Act Now!

August 2nd marks the next step for Alameda County’s quickly developing Community Choice Energy program: the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will vote on (1) approving a Joint Powers Authority agreement to propose to cities that wish to participate in the County’s Community Choice energy program, (2) accepting the Community Choice feasibility study, and (3) funding the next phases of establishing the program. 

The East Bay Clean Power Alliance, an Alameda County-wide alliance with support from fifty-six community organizations, is calling on County Supervisors to make sure that community benefits and community involvement are at the core of an East Bay Community Choice program. After a recent victory against a proposed coal export terminal in West Oakland, let us reaffirm the need for a clean energy future and clean energy jobs in the East Bay!

A Crucial Time for East Bay Community Choice Energy

On August 2nd, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will be approving a Joint Powers Authority agreement to be proposed to cities in the county that wish to participate in the county’s Community Choice energy program. 
As supporters of local clean energy know, Community Choice energy programs are a powerful way for communities to address the impact of climate change by cutting energy consumption, switching to renewable energy sources, and building local renewable electricity generation. 

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

Paris COP21: Big Hype, Little Substance

In December, 25,000 official delegates from 195 countries meeting at the 2015 Conference of Parties finalized the language of the 12-page “Paris Agreement.” Although hailed as an unprecedented victory by national, international, and corporate leaders, The Paris Agreement failed to deliver the drastic changes necessary to avert climate chaos. As George Monbiot wrote in The Guardian, “by comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle…by comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster.” Pablo Solon, former Bolivian climate negotiator decried, The Paris Agreement will “see the planet burn.”

CPUC Decision: A Victory for Net Energy Metering Advocates

On Thursday, January 28th, rooftop solar advocates chalked up a major victory as the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted to adopt new rules that preserve net energy metering (NEM) in the state.

The decision was a notable defeat for the state’s three investor-owned utilities (IOUs), which had lobbied hard to increase energy bills for rooftop solar customers by instituting monthly flat fees and reducing the rate of compensation for solar-generated electricity.

Make 2016 the Year of Clean Energy! Join the Local Clean Energy Alliance!

As 2016 winds up and the Environmental Justice movement gathers global traction, we must fight for energy democracy at home. 

We at the Local Clean Energy Alliance have spent the past year working tirelessly to shift the energy paradigm from the current extractive centralized model to one of decentralized energy under democratic control. We are in the middle of an important uphill battle, at the local, state, and national level to establish community-based energy programs, and we must not stop now!

This is an appeal to join us. We need your membership and support to ensure that this work goes forward. Please, contribute to the Local Clean Energy Alliance, and by giving at least $25 you can become a member as well!

The Ongoing Fight for No Coal in Oakland

On Monday, September 21st 2015, the Oakland City Council held a special hearing on the health and safety impacts of coal exports out of the Oakland Army Base. According to Oakland City Clerk LaTonda Simmons, 694 individuals signed up to speak, drawing strong support and opposition to the proposed export plan; labor leaders, CEOs, professors, community members, and pastors all arrived to speak on this issue.

Ultimately, the debate revolved around "coal versus jobs," with many Oakland community leaders demanding (rightly) that jobs be created for the residents of West Oakland. No coal in Oakland activists, however, want the kind of jobs that maintain a healthy Oakland and planet. The development project itself is not the problem. The problem is the exportation of hazardous fossil fuels.

East Bay Community Energy: More Diversity Needed in Oversight of Program

On May 5th, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors met to finalize a Steering Committee of community stakeholders to oversee the county’s Community Choice energy program, which is now being called East Bay Community Energy. Having a Steering Committee that is representative of the diversity of Alameda County is critical to the legitimacy and success of the overall program, which aims to launch in the Spring of 2017.

Many members of the Clean Energy & Jobs Oakland Campaign and the East Bay Clean Power Alliance attended the May 5 meeting to ask the Board of Supervisors to vote down their list of Steering Committee nominees due to a clear lack of diversity in the list. For example, out of 21 nominees, only four were women. Similarly, there was a significant absence of diversity in the sectors represented. While the Board rejected applications by many representatives of organized labor, four from one union, IBEW, were nominated (one appointment each from four of the five Supervisors).

Inspiring and Building an Energy Democracy Movement

The 2015 Clean Power, Healthy Communities Conference

Clean energy leaders from across the United States gathered in Oakland, California on March 5, 2015, to discuss how to advance community-based alternatives to the centralized corporate energy model.

The Clean Power, Healthy Communities Conference, hosted by the Local Clean Energy Alliance, brought together 150 clean energy advocates and a national webcast audience in an inspiring day of deliberations on strategies for democratizing our energy system.

CleanPowerSF: About Face for Mayor Lee?

In an apparent about face, San Francisco’s Mayor Edwin Lee, who has been blocking the launch of the city’s Community Choice energy program, announced on January 26th that he would support moving the CleanPowerSF program forward.


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