One in every three Americans struggle to pay their energy bills, and that burden is three-times greater on low-income households.

One in every three Americans struggle to pay their energy bills, and that burden is three-times greater on low-income households. One in three U.S. households faced challenges in paying energy bills in 2015 Nearly one-third of U.S. households (31%) reported facing a challenge in paying energy bills or sustaining adequate heating and cooling in their home in 2015. According to the …

Grid nationalization discussion in the UK

National Grid says state ownership would delay UK’s move to green energy Many publications report on reaction to the Labour Party’s plans, if elected, to renationalise the energy network. Reuters reports that UK energy network firms have been “rattled” by the proposal. National Grid has said in a statement that “proposals for state ownership of the energy networks would only …

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 …

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 …

Municipal broadband internet: The next public utility?

Initiatives across the country seem to be gaining steam as cities look to encourage equitable access — but pitfalls around cost and taxpayer risk remain. By Chris Teale, Smart Cities Dive, March 5, 2019 As the need for equitable internet access becomes increasingly important to leaders, some cities are taking matters into their own hands and setting up municipally owned and operated …

We CAN afford the Green New Deal and the technology and expertise is available

The Good News About a Green New Deal, The New Yorker, March 2019 Last month’s rollout of the Green New Deal, a fourteen-page legislative resolution, sponsored by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, that called for “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” through a ten-year “national mobilization,” has sparked a good deal of controversy. The resolution was larded with goals not directly tied …

San Francisco Municipal Utility To Focus On 100% Renewable Energy & Job Creation 

San Francisco Municipal Utility To Focus On 100% Renewable Energy & Job Creation by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica, March 14th, 2019  Creative destruction is one of the fundamental principals of capitalism. In theory, when a business no longer serves the needs of the marketplace, it will be destroyed and replaced by one that does. That’s pretty much what officials in San …

The Time for Medicare-for-All Has Arrived! Medicare for all likely to see US health care costs fall by 19% as 30% who are uninsured or underinsured finally get care

Seattle Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced the Medicare For All Act of 2019, saying: “Our health care system today costs 18 percent of our GDP. In [the next] 10 years, we’re going to be spending $50 trillion on our current health care system. … It’s not like we’re spending all this money and we have better outcomes than the rest of …

Medicare for All means a complete transformation of our health care system, a system where there are no private insurance companies

Medicare For All bill unveiled: ‘Complete transformation’ of health care. NBC: “As the debate over Medicare For All heats up on the 2020 trail, House progressives are opening a new front in Congress with a detailed single-payer bill that they plan to aggressively push this year. ‘We intend to make sure that Americans across this country know that we are …

Turning the tide of water privatization: between 2000 and 2015, there were 235 cases of water ‘remunicipalisation’– the process by which a city, region or national government terminates or refuses to renew water concessions, leases or management contracts with private companies, in order to bring water back under public control

Privatizations saw extreme price hikes resulting in poor people losing all access to water. In response to the crises, these countries enshrined the right to water as a human right in their constitutions. With the rapidly spreading trend of remunicipalisation, 100 million people across 37 countries now benefit from water as a public good, rather than a private commodity. In the industrialised …