Local Energy: A Green New Deal for Our Communities

By Jessica Tovar | July 22, 2019 | The Trouble
 
The Problem is Environmental Racism
The vision I have for my hometown of East Los Angeles and other communities of color throughout the United States is clear after working as a community organizer for the last 17 years. This vision is grounded in my childhood experiences of environmental racism, and the efforts I’ve made to fight it. 

Webinar Recording: Green Jobs through the Green New Deal

With the Cities of Los Angeles and New York City passing their own versions of the Green New Deal, there is a lot of momentum and real opportunity to move forward on renewable energy and green jobs at the local level. What are the common barriers to creating these green jobs and how can local governments leverage policy to make sure that frontline communities get the benefits?

Oakland Clean Energy Initiative to Replace Dirty Jack London Square Power Plant

By Jean Tepperman - East Bay Express, July 31, 2019; (image by Paul Haggard)

A new project in West Oakland and Jack London Square aims to achieve many goals at once: saving money, providing local jobs, fighting climate change, reducing toxic air pollution, and cutting electricity bills for hundreds of low-income households. East Bay Community Energy, the region's new clean energy provider, recently signed contracts with three companies to deploy an array of new batteries that will replace a jet-fuel-powered "peaker plant," which is now fired up when the demand for electricity is unusually high.

A Groundbreaking Green New Deal is happening in the East Bay

 
June 19, San Leandro City Hall- After hearing from several community members, the East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) Board of Directors approved $5.1 Million dollars for the Local Development Business Plan (LDBP)—Alameda County’s groundbreaking Green New Deal.
 

PG&E Shareholders Meeting Protest highlights WildFire Deaths & Bailout Opposition

The No PG&E Bailout Coalition staged a demonstration outside PG&E Headquarters at PG&E’s Annual Shareholder Meeting. Eighty-five shoes were laid outside of the PG&E Shareholders meeting representing the lives of those killed in the Camp Fire last Fall, which was proven to be caused by PG&E’s neglected transmission wires.

Wednesday June 19 - A Green New Deal for the East Bay

We need you to testify to the East Bay Community Energy board on June 19 to demand a budget increase for the Local Development Business Plan programs and projects for 2019-2020!  We know you are busy, but together, we have been holding down this campaign for years.

Friday June 21 - Protest the PG&E Shareholders Meeting in San Francisco

Are you willing to pay $50 more per month on your utility bill to keep a criminal like PG&E in business?

WE SAY HELL NO!

First they burn us with wildfires, now they seek to burn us with higher utility rates!
 
Come join the No PG&E Bailout to expose PG&E Shareholders at their annual meeting June 21,

URGENT: Stop the Legislative Coup Against Community Choice!

A legislative Coup against Community Choice is underway, and not over by a long shot. Even some of our allies in the Legislature don't understand the damage they could do by supporting nearly a dozen bills that would undermine the autonomy of Community Choice energy programs and their ability to best serve our communities.
 

The League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay honored LCEA for our East Bay Community Energy work

On June 6 at the Port Bar in Oakland, the League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay recognized Local Clean Energy Alliance and the East Bay Clean Power Alliance for the establishment of East Bay Community Energy and their commitment and launch of the Local Development Business Plan.  The League presented Jessica Guadalupe Tovar with the 2019 Environmental Champion Award honoring her work with the Local Clean

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