Put the “Community” in Community Choice Energy

Local Clean Energy, News, Newsletter
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,…
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Resilient Responses to the Injustice of the Trayvon Martin Case & Verdict

Communities for Resilience, News, Newsletter
Rooted in Resilience (formerly Bay Localize) Reflections on What This Teaches us About Community Resilience Rooted in Resilience (formerly Bay Localize) stands in solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin not only for the loss of their son, but in light of the racial and systemic injustice that perpetuated it. Racial justice work is community resilience work because part of building equitable and resilient communities is creating accessibility for everyone. You cannot have a resilient community if this does not exist. Everyone should have the right to fully participate in their community, feel safe doing so and not feel targeted. This means the ability to walk the streets, ride public transportation and take advantage of the climate resilience we advocate for without fear, and without being criminalized.  The tragedies of…
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Bay Localize Toolkit Used in San Francisco State University’s Community Action Guide

Communities for Resilience, News
In 2012, Bay Localize (now Rooted in Resilience) shared our Community Resilience Toolkit with San Francisco State University's Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) to guide development of portions of their community guide. The final report, called the Community Action Guide, features references from Bay Localize and Program Director Kirsten Schwind. Sharing our Toolkit is just one way Bay Localize is helping Bay Area neighborhoods organize to build capacity and resiliency. Read the report here - Community Action Guide May 2013 Download the Toolkit here - Community Resilience Toolkit 2.0
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Link Divestment to Community Choice?

Local Clean Energy, News
The last several months has witnessed an intensified opposition in the Bay Area to fossil fuel expansion: from the growing fight against Obama’s Keystone Pipeline, to the building of a statewide campaign to ban oil fracking in California, to the divestment of Big Oil stocks by public institutions in the Bay Area. These fights against the fossil fool industry has highlighted the alternative, specifically the development of local clean energy resources.  And since the alternative to fossil fuel-based electricity requires massive investment in new infrastructure, what better way to finance this investment than through the divestment of fossil fuel holdings? For example, a robust Community Choice program in San Francisco to build local renewable energy assets calls for about $1 billion of financing over the next ten years. The divestment…
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Guess Who’s Behind “Stop San Francisco Shell Shock”

Local Clean Energy, News
A new web campaign is asking San Franciscans to petition the Board of Supervisors to reverse its September 2012 vote to move forward with CleanPowerSF, San Francisco’s Community Choice energy program. The deceptive campaign focuses on a relatively small contract with a Shell Oil subsidiary as if it were the entire CleanPowerSF program. The Shell contract, which is problematic, only represents an initial 30 megawatts of San Francisco’s 800 megawatt electricity load. The heart of the CleanPowerSF program is actually the development of local renewable energy resources, which will provide greenhouse gas reductions, economic development, clean energy jobs, and, ultimately, lower electricity bills (than PG&E’s) to San Francisco. So who do you suppose is behind this campaign? PG&E, no doubt, has its hands in it, but the campaign is being fronted by…
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Local Clean Energy Alliance to Brown: Stop New Fossil-Fuel Power Plants

Local Clean Energy, News
 The Local Clean Energy Alliance and twenty-six other organizations throughout California have signed on to a letter urging Governor Brown to oppose approval of the Oakley gas-fired power plant in Contra Costa County by the California Public Utilities Commission, and stop the pending approval of other fossil fuel-based power plants in southern California. These projects frustrate attempts to curb greenhouse gas production in California and undercut California’s ambitious renewable energy goals; goals that have been championed by Governor Brown. If operated around the clock, the 600 megawatt Oakley plant would emit about 5 million metric tons of greenhouse gases per year, the same amount represented by the energy consumed in all Alameda County's buildings. In other words, the Oakley plant would negate all efforts to curb GHG emissions from energy use in buildings…
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