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Who

Energy democracy means that community residents are innovators, planners, and decision-makers on how to use and create energy that is local and renewable. By making our energy solutions more democratic, we can make places environmentally healthier, reduce mounting energy costs so that families can take better care of their needs, and help stem the tide of climate change.

To create this future today, we need an “all hands on deck” approach and this requires that we recognize that all Americans have a role to play, including people of color. There are no effective national solutions that exclude people of color because a majority of the US population will soon be Latino, Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American.

In this map, we identify community of color-led projects, which are projects in which people of color are owners, operators, or directors. Non-community of color-led projects are projects that may benefit communities of color, but leadership and ownership by people of color is not an explicitly stated intention or goal.

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We have identified seven different categories for the size of projects. When we describe size, we are talking about geographic scale. These categories include: Neighborhood, City, County, State, Region, Tribal, National.

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We identified a number of approaches commonly used in the design and implementation of community-scale renewable energy projects. Each approach has potential for replication in different community contexts. Some projects employ more than one of these approaches; for the scan we categorized them under the approach that describes the major thrust of their work.

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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?

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Our Power: Richmond

Our Power: Richmond

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 >

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