Community Renewable Energy
As society tackles climate change and builds alternatives to the fossil fuel industry, we have an opportunity to do so in a way that shares the economic benefits equitably and avoids re-creating a two-tiered society where wealthier people own all the energy infrastructure and everyone else is dependent on buying energy from them.
Community-ownership of renewable energy enterprises is critical to a rapid and equitable transition away from fossil fuels.
Energy is such a basic and important necessity that everyone should affordably access, own, and control their own clean energy -- that's why we need Energy Democracy:
Our Community Renewable Energy Program is focused on breaking down legal barriers to community-owned renewable energy. We're using the following strategies:
Policy Advocacy: Building Coalitions to Change Laws
Working with partners to advance local, state, and federal policies that promote community energy.
Education: Mapping the Regulatory Terrain
Researching, writing, teaching, and providing direct legal services to navigate the regulatory landscape for community energy.
Legal Advice: Developing Legal Structures
Documenting, designing, and implementing legal, governance, and financial structures for community energy projects.
- Our focus is piloting the Permanent Community Energy Cooperative -- a legal model and approach for scaling renewable energy development that accelerates an equitable transition to renewables by enabling widespread grassroots crowd-financing of new energy projects designed for long-term community ownership and control.
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