The East Bay Clean Power Alliance put the “community” in Community Choice energy as members of the Alliance and allies demanded community input and oversight in the county’s Community Choice Aggregation program. The Alliance introduced a proposal that calls for a single committee to oversee the Community Choice energy program for the county. This would be in lieu of a structure of two oversight committees with unequal power originally being pushed by county staff and Supervisors; Haggerty and Miley.
The Alliance member’s proposal calls for a single committee of stakeholders working alongside technical experts. In addition, the proposal outlines that the individuals should represent the diversity of Alameda County. The Alliance goals include local benefits while reducing climate changing pollution. By providing local clean energy jobs to power our homes, businesses and industry, we can create community benefits and opportunities for low-income and persons of color. Thereby, empowering community to make decisions on our sources of energy and in the process, stabilize energy rates and even providing lower rates. In order to accomplish this, we must have true community input on Community Choice energy from inception to completion.
The Alameda County Transportation and Planning members; Supervisors Haggerty and Miley along with county staff accepted the proposal for one committee and we await a follow-up meeting to discuss the details of the formation process of the single oversight committee.
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