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 …

Seven CCAs that already account for 44% of PG&E’s retail electricity customers say they should take over and deliver renewable electricity

As PG&E Goes Up In Flames, Renewable Energy Steps In, by Tina Casey in Clean Technica, February 22nd, 2019  Wow, community choice aggregation sure is getting ambitious. CCA is an arrangement that entitles  of ratepayers to band together and demand more renewable energy from their local utility company. Now a group of seven CCAs in California is skipping over the demand part and …

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 …

Land trusts fight displacement: Subsidy at the front end provides affordable housing in the long run. Community land trusts take housing and land off the market

“By sharing land, the city can retain its identity by becoming a more economically sustainable place to live” Some Groups In L.A. Are Turning To Community Land Trusts For Affordable Housing, on NPR.org, All Things Considered, by JESSE HARDMAN, 4 Feb 2019 A one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles is unaffordable for many residents. Some community groups are trying an approach they say …

The GND must put utilities under public control: Community ownership of power is the most promising path toward equity, democracy and renewable energy.

By Jackson Koeppel, Johanna Bozuwa and Liz Veazey, Inthesetimes.com February 6, 2019 Highland Park, Mich., is a small, majority-black community of three square miles, nestled in the center of Detroit, with some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the country. It’s suffered a series of indignities and setbacks over the years: a state emergency management takeover of the city and surrounding areas; a …

Community Microgrids

Bringing communities an unparalleled trifecta of economic, environmental, and resilience benefits Learn about our Community Microgrid Initiative What is a Community Microgrid? A Community Microgrid is a coordinated local grid area served by one or more distribution substations and supported by high penetrations of local renewables and other distributed energy resources (DER), such as energy storage and demand response. Community …

State Laws Slow Down High-Speed Internet for Rural America

State Laws Slow Down High-Speed Internet for Rural America, April Simpson, Pew Charitable Trust STATELINE ARTICLE January 11, 2019 Topics: Budget,Economy,Federal Impact & Social Issues  Electric cooperatives want to help bridge the digital divide between rural and urban America as more federal funding becomes available for rural broadband. But a 77-year-old law may prevent one of the nation’s poorest states from fully tapping into millions of …

Twice Burned, Once Shy—Why Californians Should Be Wary of Bailing Out PG&E Again

Publicly owned utilities in Missouri, Texas and Vermont have already deployed 100 percent renewable electricity systems.  And industry reliability data shows that the public power system tends to have better reliability, in large part because public owners don’t shortsightedly scrimp on maintenance for better quarterly returns.  Instead of investing billions in building and maintaining vulnerable transmission infrastructure, a publicly owned …

The latent, unused power of citizens—and the production of public collateral

The latent, unused power of citizens—and the production of public collateral, Ann Pettifor, Democracy Collaborative and Next System Project, January 24, 2019, MONEY & BANKING Introduction It was just a montage of words uttered over a video in the summer of 2018. Soon the words went viral. They helped unseat a Wall Street-friendly Democrat—one primed to be the next congressional leader. They …

From Private Profit to Public Alternatives

From Private Profit to Public Alternatives Shahrzad Habibi, Research and Policy Director, In The Public Interest more Thomas Hanna, Director of Research at The Democracy Collaborative more Cat Hobbs, Founder & Director, We Own It more,  Adam Simpson, Program Associate, The Democracy Collaborative more January 24, 2019 This week we’re talking about public ownership and privatization with three special guests. We are joined by …