WELCOME TO ENERGY DEMOCRACY FOR ALL
This map pinpoints communities across America that are innovating how to build their local economies while taking into their own hands the fight against climate change by developing community-scale renewable energy projects. Our map highlights over 100 projects that are rooted in communities, with a particular lens toward communities of color, who by 2042, will become the majority in our nation. With the threat of climate change becoming more real everyday, communities are coming together now to be participants, decision-makers and owners in a new energy economy. We call this Energy Democracy.
So what are community-scale renewable energy projects?
At CSI, we define community-scale renewable energy projects as having 4 major characteristics:
- Communities utilizing place-based assets (such as schools, churches, farms or vacant lots) to generate clean renewable energy;
- Community-driven projects to increase energy efficiency;
- Community resident engagement as planners, decision-makers, owners and innovators in local energy use and production;
- Communities achieving multiple benefits like lowering energy costs, reducing emissions and creating green jobs.
In Richmond, CA, a majority people of color city, residents have long suffered from environmental pollution, particularly from a massive Chevron oil refinery, and from high unemployment. The Asian Pacific Environmental Network and Communities for a Better Environment are leading the local Our Power Campaign to tackle both problems and build a more healthy and sustainable Richmond. Initially, they are working on policies to prohibit Chevron and other companies from refining dirty grades of oil, like tar sands. Second, they are taking advantage of California’s Community Choice energy policy to push for investment in local, renewable energy projects that willRead More >