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We are the Bay Area’s foremost membership organization working at the local, state, and national level to promote a clean energy future through the development and democratization of local renewable energy resources. We see these resources as key to addressing climate change, advancing social and racial justice, and building sustainable and resilient communities.
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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 ne

Projecting Our Energy Justice Future!

(07/2020) After many months fighting to stop Governor Newsom's bad PG&E/bankruptcy deal, lift the voices of impacted people into the governance of our energy future, and building our movement to #cancelPGE and #ReclaimOurPower, the Reclaim Our Power campaign is entering a new phase. We memorialized the passage of an important date with a powerful press conference, projected striking images of PG&E's deadly failures, and have been pushing hard to shape the legislative solution that aims to serve as a backstop for when PG&E fails California again.

Budget Challenges in East Bay Community Energy for 2020-2021!

(07/2020) On June 17, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) Board of Directors voted on a proposed budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. They had to choose from several scenarios that EBCE staff proposed. The EBCE Board of Directors were faced with a difficult decision due to an increase in the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) rate and the economic impacts of COVID-19.

New Voices are Rising Summer Externship at LCEA

(07/2020) Hello, my name is Qin He, 20 years old and I am a POD leader for New Voices Are Rising (NVAR) and wrapping up my externship with the Local Clean Energy Alliance (LCEA) this summer. The vision for our NVAR summer program is to teach high school students in Oakland about environmental and social justice to build the next generation of environmental leaders. Tim Little and Jill Ratner founded this grassroot organization in hopes to change and evoke movement for legislation and policies from the bottom-up. 

CPUC Decision Challenged in Court!

(07/2020) Early this month, the Local Clean Energy Alliance and other clean energy organizations supported a challenge in the California Court of Appeals to an October 2018 decision of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Such challenges are rare.

The decision being challenged—authored by Commissioner Carla Peterman (who subsequently joined Sothern California Edison as an executive vice-president)—dramatically increases the ongoing Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) fees that Community Choice customers are forced to pay to PG&E simply because they no longer are buying their electricity from PG&E.

Campaign Fights PG&E Bailout: CPUC Sides with Wall Street, Puts Communities at Risk

(06/2020) On May 28, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a deal between Governor Newsom and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for the company to exit bankruptcy. The deal, which puts ratepayers, wildfire survivors, and our communities at grave risk, was strongly opposed by the Local Clean Energy Alliance and the other organizations leading the Reclaim Our Power Utility Justice Campaign. 

"We need a much better deal,” said Mari Rose Taruc, Coordinator of the Campaign, “one that prioritizes the health and well-being of frontline communities, of frontline workers, of our disabled and medically vulnerable community members. We need a deal that will protect us during the upcoming wildfire season—from getting burned out or having our power shut off."

Nuclear Energy: Which side is your Community Choice program on?

(06/2020) Last month, we shared with you the good news that the governing board of East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), the public energy services provider for Alameda County cities, voted 10-5 to turn down PG&E’s offer of dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear energy as part of EBCE’s 2020 power mix. If you would like to learn more about the fight for a nuclear-free EBCE and East Bay Clean Power Alliance’s advocacy around this issue, please read Case Study: East Bay Community Energy Rejects Nuclear Deal Victory for East Bay Clean Power Alliance in 2020

EBCE Board to Vote on 2020-2021 Budget: Local Development Business Plan on Chopping Block?

(06/2020) On June 17, the East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) Board of Directors will vote on a proposed budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. EBCE Staff has pushed a worst case scenario fearing a $60 million shortfall largely due to higher PCIA fees. The PCIA is the on-going fee that Community Choice customers pay to PG&E, to compensate them for lost energy revenues and utility-owned generation sources such as Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. 

Big Action This Week: Help us stop the PG&E Wall St. Deal!

(05/2020) Governor Newsom's PGE plan is moving forward- and unless we stand up to it, we'll leave our energy, our health and our safety in the hands of Wall St., and not in the hands of the people.
 
LCEA and the Reclaim Our Power Utility Justice Campaign is fighting to shape a better solution to PGE's bankruptcy - one that would protect wildfire survivors, rein in PGE's Wall St. tricks, and lay the groundwork for a safe, reliable, renewable energy system.

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