Resources on Energy Democracy

This site provides resources to build and promote an energy democracy movement in the U.S.

Energy democracy is a way to frame the struggle of working people, low-income communities, and communities of color to take control of energy resources from the corporate energy establishment and use those resources to empower their communities. It means a decentralized energy system, one characterized by social and community-based control and ownership of energy resources. Democratizing energy is a central aspect of just transition from a fossil-fuel economy to a new renewable energy economy grounded in economic and social justice.

The Energy Democracy Project bings together organizations and individuals across the country to popularize and advance energy democracy as a key strategic perspective within the climate and new economy movements.  Learn more here.  Contact the Energy Democracy Project here.

Documents on Energy Democracy

Toward a Climate Justice Energy Platform: Democratizing Our Energy Future, December 2015
Lays out a vision, political framework, strategies, and principles of democratized energy development as the basis for a proposed platform to advance climate justice in the U.S. Includes model policies and programs and snapshots of advocacy to democratize energy from around the country.

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Videos on Energy Democracy

Naomi Klein, Jeremy Corbyn, and TUED at the Paris Climate Talks, December 2015 (17 minutes)
Excerpts from a forum in Paris on December 7 that attracted a capacity crowd of 700 trade unionists and allies. The panel featured writer and activist Naomi Klein and UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, and incluced trade leaders from a number of countries, who are involved in Trade Unions for Energy Democracy.  The speakers addressed energy democracy, climate jobs, and the need for a transition that is both just and transformative.

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Articles on Energy Democracy

Al Weinrub, Energy Democracy: Inside Californians' Game-Changing Plan for Community-Owned Power

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Organizations Promoting Energy Democracy

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Conferences/Convenings on Energy Democracy

Democratizing Energy Workshop Track, CommonBound Conference, July 9, 2016
Initiatives from across the country that are attempting to strengthen decentralized renewable energy development. Included ten workshops on key issues of energy democracy: community engagement, confronting utility policy, community organizing strategies, the impact of racism, energy development models, and financing local renewable energy projects.

Collaborative Strategy Session, Energy Democracy Project, February 8, 2016
Summary Report of a convening in Washington DC to build a stronger community of energy democracy leaders through a shared political framework and principles, a common set of long-term goals, strengthening relationships, and collective action.

Clean Power, Healthy Communities, March 5 2015
Hosted by the Local Clean Energy Alliance, this 5th annual Clean power, Healthy Communities Conference promoted the development of lcally-contrlled clean energy economies as a necessary path to a sustainable future.