Take Action Now To Save Solar In California

(06/2022) Did you know that last week over 2000 people joined last minute rallies in California to demand the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) strengthen Net Energy Metering (NEM)--Local Solar Policy Incentives? These rallies made three simple demands:

  • Don't tax the sun
  • Don't kill California’s Local Solar Power
  • Make it accessible to those who have not had access–we need equity for environmental justice communities

We are down to the wire–we might be two weeks away from a CPUC decision that could kill local solar energy incentives in the state, thereby handing our clean energy future to convicted serial killer PG&E.

Take Action by Flooding Governor Gavin Newsom's phone lines!

Tell the CPUC: More Local Solar, More Benefits, for More People

June 2, this Thursday, in San Francisco
Join the rally and speak out at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) this Thursday to protest its resumed attack on community energy—in this case its efforts on behalf of PG&E and the state’s other monopoly utilities to stop the expansion of rooftop solar.

PG&E/Utilities Featured on John Oliver

(05/2022) "PG&E is more of a fire company that occasionally delivers power to people's homes."

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took a hard look at the corporate utility model in the US, laying out clearly (and hilariously!) the warped incentives that utilities are granted in our energy system. And if you're looking for the shining example of utility malfeasance, look no further than PG&E!

CPUC Resumes its Attack on Rooftop Solar

(05/2022) After a powerful public Save California Solar campaign forced Governor Newsom to tell his California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to shelve it’s December 2021 proposed decision to kill rooftop solar in California, the CPUC, on May 9, opened a new front in its attack on local solar.

Rather than heeding the overwhelming public opposition to the CPUC’s proposed gutting of the state’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) policy, the law judge presiding over the NEM proceeding floated a re-packaged version of the December proposed decision.

Same pig, new lipstick.

California Alliance for Community Energy is hiring!

(05/2022) The California Alliance for Community Energy is growing and needs your help finding talent. 

The Operations Coordinator position is available now and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Here's a summary:  A 10-20 hour/week position supporting the operations of a statewide advocacy network on behalf of community-driven clean energy solutions. 

 PG&E evades prosecution for Dixie, Kincade Fires

(04/2022) Reclaim Our Power spoke out last week about the atrocious deal made between PG&E and District Attorney's in 7 fire damaged counties. Despite being the clear cause of the death and destruction of the Kincade and Dixie Fires, PG&E will not face criminal oversight or structural changes that actually serve to keep Californians safe.

Take action: Retweet ROP's tweet here.

Meet LCEA New Voices Are Rising Fellow Christie Fok

(04/2022)  Hi! My name is Christie Fok and I am the Climate Resilience Hub Fellow with the New Voices are Rising Program (NVAR).

I first started my environmental justice journey in the summer of 2021 with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) in their summer APEN academy. I learned about environmental and social justice issues like the Chevron Oil refinery and particularly, climate resilience hubs.

New Voices Are Rising Against PG&E Rate Hikes at the CPUC Public Hearing

April 2022        
by Christie Fok           

In January 2022, PG&E raised electricity rates by 8% and gas praises by 11%. In March 2022, PG&E raised rates again by 8.9% with the approval of the CPUC. With these prior rate hikes during the pandemic, many people, especially low-income folks, struggle to pay the PG&E bill and other costs of living.

Outrageously, PG&E recently proposed an additional 22% rate hike to be in effect from 2023 to 2026. If the CPUC approves this rate hike, PG&E customers will have to pay an additional $35 per month or $425 per year for electricity and gas. PG&E claims the rate hike would fund the improvement of their grossly neglected energy systems and wildfire mitigation.

April 27 EVENT - Building Electrification: Climate, Health, Equity

April 27, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted by SF Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility and co-sponsored by PSR National, RMI, Climate Health Now, and Local Clean Energy Alliance.

Learn from a panel of experts about new research on the health effects of fossil fuel (“natural” gas) appliances in homes, how to protect your family, and how to advocate for a just transition to all-electric homes in CA and beyond.  

CLICK HERE to REGISTER for the event.

"Equitable" Decarbonization--for Marketing Purposes Only?

(03/2022) Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from existing buildings have gained momentum throughout governmental agencies in California. If accomplished, the transition could bring health and comfort benefits along with climate change mitigation. However, the costly, involved process of household decarbonization could also increase displacement, homelessness, foreclosure and gentrification in already burdened Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. Recognizing these downsides, many governmental agencies have dubbed planning process as, “equitable” building decarbonization. Local Clean Energy Alliance (LCEA) has joined with other California environmental justice organizations in advocacy efforts with governmental agencies to ensure that the “equitable” is more than just a marketing ploy.


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