2023 Extern Highlight: New Voices Are Rising

Abtehal Alazzani with New Voices Are Rising

"I'm a sophomore in Middle College High School! This summer I did an externship with local clean energy!

I had so much fun but I only had a few weeks with Local Clean Energy Alliance but I had so much fun! Nyah made this externship amazing for me. I learned many new things like energy efficiency and I learned more about clean energy!

¡Al Weinrub Presente!

The Local Clean Energy Alliance family is saddened to share that Al Weinrub passed away August 30th, 2023, very peacefully, with friends and family by his side. His spirit and determination for justice lives on in the work we do.

2023 Inaugural ​Berrett-Koehler Foundation Changemaker Award to Jessica Tovar

Congratulations to LCEA's Energy Democracy Organizer Jessica Guadalupe Tovar on receiving the 2023 Inaugural ​Berrett-Koehler Foundation Changemaker Award.

The Berrett-Koehler Changemaker Awards is Berrett-Koehler Foundation’s latest initiative to recognize and support changemakers and community builders who deeply embody the values and commitment to “create a world that works for all.”

East Bay Community Energy; Thriving at 5, It Could Do More for Equitable Community Benefits

(06/2023) East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), our Alameda County and City of Tracy not-for-profit electricity agency, has proposed a budget for the 2023-2024 fiscal year, which will be voted on by the Board of Directors on Wednesday June 21, 2023. This year’s proposed budget is notable for the estimated $177 million net increase in position (or surplus), about $1 million more than last fiscal year. The Local Development budget has grown from $5.1 million in 2019-20 the first operational year, to $25.9 million for 2023-24.

East Bay Clean Power Alliance (EBCPA) of which Local Clean Energy Alliance (LCEA) is a part of, celebrates some wins in the latest version of the proposed local projects budget, but continues to note that the amount that will benefit customers in low income communities of color falls very short of the $10 million that would meet the 40% for equity urged by President Biden known as “Justice 40.”

LCEA hosted webinar on Lithium Mining Behind the Curtain: What is Equity in an Extractive Energy Transition?

On May 24, LCEA hosted a webinar: Lithium Mining Behind the Curtain: What is Equity in an Extractive Energy Transition with Johanna Bozuwa, Leslie Quintanilla and Mariela Loera on the lithium extraction implicit in the energy transition. We were joined by over 140 attendees spanning environmental and energy justice movements. This turnout points to the necessity and under-representation of resource extraction as a topic in our movement for energy democracy. LCEA looks forward to hosting and participating in many more of these conversations!

You can watch the webinar at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10gOOUx-gx3ROkmJjRRTritnwCVP6YP7T/view?ts=6489bcb0

Just Solutions Podcast: Understanding Community Choice Utilities with Jessica Tovar

(05/2023) This episode of the Just Solutions podcast speaks with energy justice expert Jessica Tovar, LCEA's Energy Democracy Organizer.
Jessica shares what exactly is community choice and what others can learn from her community’s implementation of this model.

 You can listen on Spotify and Apple Podcasts or  LISTEN HERE to Episode 3: Understanding Community Choice Utilities with Jessica Tovar

A First Look at EBCE 2023-2024 Proposed Budget

(05/2023) East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) Board of Directors and the public got their first look at the agency’s 2023-2024 draft budget at the Executive Committee meeting, Wednesday, May 3. That budget will be discussed at the May 15 meeting of the EBCE Community Advisory Committee, and May 17 by the full Board of Directors. The final budget will be approved at the June 21 Board meeting.

LCEA encourages all EBCE communities to attend the budget meetings to see how their energy dollars are being spent. The Alliance will be pushing for more equitable financing of local projects, recognizing the long history of injustice in how infrastructure money is spent and the urgent need for increased energy resilience in frontline communities.

Castlemont Student Resilience Hub Designs

On Tuesday, April 18th, Local Clean Energy Alliance staff visited Castlemont High School to view Castlemont students’ final resilience hub designs  for the Lion Creek Crossings. Last fall, LCEA facilitated workshops with the Castlemont Students and youth at Lion Creek Crossings on resilience hubs and microgrids to support them in their projects.

Rooftop-Solar and Net Energy Metering (NEM)

(04/2023) Have you ever wondered why utilities are so against distributed, renewable energy like rooftop solar?
Then join us next Thursday, April 13th at 1pm PT/4pm ET, for an exciting briefing on the Center for Biological Diversity’s new report Rooftop Solar Justice
Click here to register

LCEA in the office

(04/2023) It's good to be back in person in the LCEA office! Please let us know if you'd like to stop by for a meeting.

We've done some remodeling and could use some funds to further fix up the office furnishings and power our work.
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