Welcome to the Local Clean Energy Alliance!

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

Just Solutions Podcast: Understanding Community Choice Utilities with Jessica Tovar

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

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.

Lithium Mining Behind the Curtain: What is Equity in an Extractive Energy Transition?

Join us on Wednesday May 24, 2023 from 12-1pm PDT (12pm PDT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm EST) to discuss the impact of lithium mining and extraction on frontline communities and its implications for our work on equity and energy justice. Register here.

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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BAAQMD Decision - Air District Bans Gas Water and Heating Appliances

On Wednesday, March 15th, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) voted to pass regulation on phasing out gas water and space heating appliances by 2027 and 2029 respectively. These appliances release NOx (nitrogen oxides) which contribute to particulate matter and greatly affect air quality. The Local Clean Energy Alliance, along with several other community based organizations, has been active in the pre-implementation working group held by Emerald Cities Collaborative in order to advocate for equitable implementation of this rule. There are still several active concerns!

Protest at PG&E Wildfire Conference

On Tuesday March 7th, 2023, Local Clean Energy Alliance joined Reclaim Our Power (ROP) coalition members in protesting outside of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) San Ramon Conference Center. PG&E was holding a conference with Governor Gavin Newsom and his regulators in discussion about wildfire mitigation. The governor’s regulators have time and time again made excuses for the destruction that PG&E has caused, instead of actually holding them accountable.


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