Sneaky CPUC Resolution Passes despite Huge Statewide Opposition

Around fifty people from all over California gathered February 8, 2018, at 8:30 am in San Francisco to protect Community Choice from interference by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). There were two issues before the CPUC that represented major power grabs by that agency.

Community Choice 101 for HOPE Collaborative Youth

On December 19, 2017, Local Clean Energy Alliance organizer, Angela Scott gave a Community Choice 101 workshop to youth at the HOPE Collaborative in Oakland. The HOPE Collaborative works to support community-driven, environmental changes that reduce health inequities within the most vulnerable communities of the Oakland flatlands. The organization is is a new member of the East Bay Clean Power Alliance, the Alameda County-wide alliance advocating for East Bay Community Energy, the County’s new Community Choice energy program, to be centered on community benefits.  
During the opening Clean Power to the People bingo icebreaker, one young man’s question, “What is energy democracy?” set the stage for the workshop. 

Community Choice Energy Under Attack - Save the Date, February 8, 2018!

On Friday, December 8, 2017, the California Public Utilities Comission (CPUC) abruptly proposed to expand its oversight over Community Choice programs and impose a two year delay on programs that do not file implementation plans over the Christmas holidays, by Dec. 31, 2017.

Click here to have a LETTER SENT TODAY on your behalf telling Commissioners adn members of the State legislature that Resolution E-4907 is an abuse and overreach of the CPUC's regulatory authority and should be retracted. And plan to come join the protest rally at the CPUC in San Francisco the morning of February 8th - more details to come!

Rally Against AB 726 Sneak Attack

Upwards of thirty-five East Bay residents, representing a number of community organizations, gathered for an impromptu noon-time rally in front of State Senator Nancy Skinner’s office on Wednesday, September 13, during the last week of the legislative session.

The rally, called by the East Bay Clean Power Alliance, was to protest AB 726 (and a nearly identical AB 813), which would have created a de facto freeze on Alameda County’s new Community Choice energy program, East Bay Community Energy, set to deliver power to residents and businesses in mid-2018.

Public Banks Power Local Renewables

Approximately 20 percent of banks around the world are public, meaning they are controlled by a government body instead of private investors. Unlike most banks in the U.S., public banks are managed to support local lending within their jurisdiction and invest within the community to maximize local public good. Instead of being driven by short-term profits to shareholders, decisions regarding public banks are generally in the interest of the public. Profits generated by public banks, which comes mostly from the interest paid on loans, are utilized to lower interest rates and make banking accessible to a broad spectrum of customers in the community across various income levels and social standings.  In Germany, public banks have been largely responsible for the tremendous growth of local, clean energy resources.

On September 25, 2017, the Local Clean Energy Alliance teamed up with the Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland to host Wolfram Morales, Chief Economist at the East-German Savings Bank Association, Sparkasse, for a community forum at Oakland’s City Hall. The presentation detailed the connection between the benefits of a transparent, local banking system and the ability to procure democratically-controlled clean energy.

Join the Local Clean Energy Alliance at the 2017 Building Resilient Communities Permaculture Convergence!

On October 5-8, the 12th annual Northern California Building Resilient Communities Permaculture Convergence will be held at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, California. The Local Clean Energy Alliance will present a workshop on Community Choice energy as a powerful vehicle for democratizing energy, spurring local sustainable economic development, and building more resilient communities - workshop date and time to be determined, but we hope you’ll join us at the Convergence!

Local Clean Energy Alliance Presents: What’s Up with Utility Bills?

On August 10th, Local Clean Energy Alliance presented “What’s Up with Utility Bills”, the latest in a series of educational events. Inviting attendees to “learn how to read, understand, and take control of your utility bill,” presenters Kirsten Andrews-Schwind from Peninsula Clean Energy, and Mark Toney from TURN (The Utility Reform Network) did an excellent job delivering on that guarantee, and stimulated interesting discussions with the attendees in the process.

July Update on East Bay Community Energy

This summer, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), Alameda County’s new Community Choice energy program, continued progress towards providing electricity to residents and businesses in the spring of 2018. Most relevant for community-minded advocates, the major activities since May have been the seating of a Community Advisory Committee, drafting of an Implementation Plan, progress on the local development business plan, and hiring of a CEO. 

Local Clean Energy Alliance Presents: Everything you wanted to know about… Going Solar!

Come hear Rosana Francescato from MyDomino discuss the nuts and bolts of rooftop solar, including:
  • Rooftop solar basics
  • How to prepare
  • Steps in the process
  • Maintenance and monitoring

May Update on East Bay Community Energy

In May, progress continued toward the launch of Alameda County’s new Community Choice energy program, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), which will begin providing electricity to residents and businesses in the spring of 2018. Most relevant for community-minded advocates, the EBCE governing board is vetting candidates for a Community Advisory Committee, selecting a CEO, and working on a local development business plan.


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