Energy resilience planning on a local/regional basis in Colorado

Energy efficiency and solar coupled with storage are both examples of resilience options that can provide benefit year-round. While end-use efficiency does not in itself provide power during an outage, it allows for more critical services to be delivered with limited generation capacity. Year-round, increased efficiency lowers energy demand and costs. On-site solar and storage can provide backup power when the grid goes …

Organising for energy democracy in the face of austerity: Soulardarity, Highland Park, Michigan

12 April 2019, Article In 2012, citizens from Highland Park, Michigan came together to form Soulardarity in response to the repossession of over 1,000 streetlights from their city. Their goal is to organise for community-owned solar street lights, energy production and equitable development. Since its formation, Soulardarity has installed seven solar streetlights and deployed over US$ 30,000 worth of solar …

Interconnect Microgrids for Greatest Benefit. Also, What Electrification of Transportation and Buildings Means to Microgrids: Interview

Energy-as-a-service or microgrid-as-a-service, the approach allows customers to secure the benefits of microgrids — reliable local power, cost management and clean energy — without taking on the risk. Typically, the host pays only a fee for electric service while a third party develops, builds and operates the microgrid. “Energy as a service is the story of energy smartly procured, locally produced, …

PRPA and Green Mountain Power Plan for 100% Renewables by 2030

Platte River Power Authority in Ft. Collins, Estes Park, Longmont, and Loveland CO plans on 100% renewables by 2030.  There are three residential projects in Fort Collins that are exploring the intersection between Zero Energy Ready Home energy efficiency standards, solar, storage and DERMS (distributed energy resource management systems) in very creative ways. I thought you should all know about …

The Equity Ecosystem: Just Energy, Just Opportunity, Just Growth

Although the Partnership for Southern Equity is the brainchild of its founder, Nathaniel Smith, its rightful owners and custodians are the “Beloved Community” of stakeholders who faithfully support its work. As PSE matures, it has spawned a multi-faceted movement – an “equity ecosystem” – the sum of which is greater than any individual component. PSE defines an equity ecosystem as “… a …

Local Clean Energy Alliance and Energy Democracy Resources

Publications of the Local Clean Energy Alliance Community Choice Energy: Democratizing Municipal-Scale Power A paper that highlights the strategy of the Local Clean Energy Alliance for empowering communities and democratizing energy through Community Choice energy programs; February 2017 Toward a Climate Justice Energy Platform: Democratizing Our Energy Future Lays out a vision, political framework, strategies, and principles of democratized energy …

What the Climate Strikers Want

First, the Youth Climate Strike sees the Green New Deal (GND) as the pivotal mechanism to enact climate action. (If you need to refamiliarize yourself, here’s the full text of Congress’ Green New Deal Resolution, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.) The Youth Climate Strikers want: An equitable transition for marginalized communities that will be most impacted by climate change An equitable …

Trade Unions for Energy Democracy – Articles and Presentations

Sean Sweeney Ph.D. – writings and media           RECENT ARTICLES Why stopping Eskom’s closures can be good for both unions and the environment, Amandla! Magazine (South Africa), May 2017 Pandering to the Predator: Labor and Energy Under Trump,  New Labor Forum, Feb 3, 2017 Standing Rock Solid with the Frackers: Are the Trades Putting Labor’s Head in the Gas Oven?, …

2019 is the year to embrace energy democracy – or face social and climate breakdown

The private sector has proved it can’t lead the transition to a low-carbon economy. It’s time for something new.  Market-focused policies have constrained the roll-out of renewables and other climate friendly solutions – which are restricted according to their ability to generate profit for private interests. And they have resulted in growing energy poverty. The missing link is energy democracy. Energy …

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo, by Carolyn Fortuna in Clean Technica, February 23rd, 2019  “It’s an interesting time to be alive,” Rahwa Ghirmatzion, PUSH Buffalo‘s executive director, began during a recent interview with us at CleanTechnica. Mobilizing residents into vibrant neighborhoods with safe, reasonably-priced housing and local hiring opportunities, the organization has many successes, and its ongoing collaboration with the Solutions Project to power the …