Big win for community choice energy

Community_Choice_Renewable_Energy_Photo_Cred_to_Reclaim_Power.jpgOn August 30, a bill that would have upended the ability of California communities to choose their electrical power sources was defeated in the state senate. AB 2145 was rejected thanks in large part to the outpour of grassroots opposition by a coalition of local governments, elected officials, and nonprofits like the Sustainable Economies Law Center, who pegged the bill as a power grab by utility companies. 

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Upcoming Event with our Partners: Oakland Climate Action Coalition & Local Clean Energy Alliance

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What: Growing Clean Energy Jobs in Oakland

When: Saturday, April 5 from 11 am to 2 pm

Where: Youth Uprising - 8711 MacArthur Blvd in East Oakland.

Who: East Oakland community organizations, schools, youth, families, and green job training organizations, solar and energy efficiency businesses, unions, worker justice organizations and food justice organizations.

Click here to view or download the flyer.

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Sustainable Economies Law Center Files Reply Comments on the Revised Testimonies of PG&E and SDG&E

On December 20, 2013, the Sustainable Economies Law Center filed its Reply Comments in the CPUC proceeding.  The CPUC is reviewing how California's three investor-owned utilities propose to implement the newly enacted SB 43, which established a 600 MW distributed renewable energy pilot program.

Overall, SELC advocates for a more in-depth community-based renewable energy proposal from both PG&E and SDG&E as well as clear guidelines for implementation.  In doing so, SELC defines true community-based renewable energy projects to include the following attributes:
  • (1) The majority of the project is owned by individual residents of the community or by a local organization or cooperative that is managed and controlled by individual residents of the community;
  • (2) The project's generating capacity does not exceed 1 MW and is located in or near the community; and
  • (3) The majority of the project's economic benefits are distributed locally.
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Sustainable Economies Law Center Intervenes in CA Proceeding for Shared Renewable Energy


On November 12, the Sustainable Economies Law Center became an official party to a proceeding at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Our intention is to help implement Senate Bill (SB) 43, the Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program, which was signed into law last month.  SB 43 establishes a 600 MW pilot program – the largest distributed generation goal in the nation – and allows customers of California’s three investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to subscribe to a shared renewable energy facility in their service territory and receive a credit in their monthly utility bill.


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Community Renewable Energy Webinar Tuesday 4/30

It’s time for a new kind of energy. Community renewable energy is clean, small-scale, and owned or sponsored by communities. That's why it creates democratic, resilient energy grids with distributed economic benefits. Join the Sustainable Economies Law Center's expert panelists for a conversation about the legal barriers, policy opportunities, and steps to creating this new energy future.

11:30am - 12:30pm PDT / 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

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