2012 Clean Power Conference Highlights

Local Clean Energy
The Local Clean Energy Alliance, the Bay Area's largest renewable power alliance and host Bay Localize, convened our third annual Clean Power, Healthy Communities conference on May 10, 2012 in Oakland with over 140 in people in attendance. Highlights of this year's gathering included high-impact initiatives that build the movement for a community-driven, clean energy future. The conference also explored strategies and programs for bringing the benefits of local renewable power to our communities.To view the full Flickr set of photos CLICK HERE>>To watch Bill Gallegos' outstanding keynote address CLICK HERE>>To view selected Powerpoint conference presentations CLICK HERE>>
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Join the Local Clean Energy Alliance!

Local Clean Energy
 The Bay Area is incredibly well-positioned for a transition to a local clean energy economy, perhaps more so than any other region in this country. The Local Clean Energy Alliance (LCEA) is an alliance of local nonprofits Bay Localize, Ecology Center, KyotoUSA, Pacific Environment, and the Sierra Club, and businesses including Sun Light & Power, SunEnergy, Nomad Café, and Crunchy Foods.View the list of alliance members.Our policy priorities are:A comprehensive and equitable Energy Reduction Management program that reduces overall energy use as well as how much spend on energy, while creating local jobs. The campaign includes public administration of EE funds collected in the public goods charge, a point of sale ordinance, and on-bill financing of energy efficiency retrofits.Enrolling Bay Area cities to convince the CPUC to adopt a “High Distributed Generation”…
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Advocates Strengthen CleanPowerSF Program

Local Clean Energy
An intense flurry of activity by CleanPowerSF advocates in early February resulted in progress toward achieving the promise of Community Choice energy. At issue was whether the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) would launch a clean power buying program without a plan for local renewable power.Thanks to some intense lobbying by the Local Clean Energy Alliance, Brightline Defense Project, Our City, Global Exchange, Grid Alternatives, and the Sierra Club, we convinced the SFPUC to develop a plan for local renewable energy systems as part of the program, which will provide lower-cost power and green jobs for San Franciscans, while slashing greenhouse gas emissions.  Read more about CleanPowerSF!
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Dirty Energy Props Defeated: Props 16 and 23

Local Clean Energy
 Together, we beat back Prop 16 — the PG&E Power Grab — one of the most brazen attacks to-date on our clean energy future. PG&E pulled all the stops, spending at least $46.5 million on deceptive ads and mailers compared to our $100,000. Yet when the dust settled, Prop 16 was defeated 52.5% to 47.5%! This is particularly noteworthy given that this was a low turnout election, especially for Democrats. Here in the Bay Area, there was particularly strong opposition to the initiative, with 6 of the 9 counties registering more than 60% NO votes!Thankfully, many more people now realize that there are cleaner, cheaper options than PG&E. Prop 16's failure breathes new life into the Community Choice movement. On June 17, the Local Clean Energy Alliance convened for a…
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Oakland Groups Demand Strong Energy & Climate Plan

Local Clean Energy
The Oakland Climate Action Coalition has made great strides recently in its efforts to push for an equitable Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP). In partnership with the Coalition, the Local Clean Energy Alliance is urging Oakland to join San Francisco and Marin's call for reclaiming local control of energy efficiency Public Goods Charge funds. Public Goods Charge funds are a much-needed source of capital to implement a comprehensive and equitable energy efficiency retrofit program for Oakland residents. The Local Clean Energy Alliance is also providing vital input on the Port section, and has called upon the city to conduct a yearly assessment of the opportunity offered by Community Choice energy to dramatically cut climate pollution and boost our local clean energy economy.The second draft of of the ECAP was…
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