Municipal enterprise

By Stephanie Geller, Research Specialist, Community Wealth Building, Democracy Collaborative, January 15, 2019 DEMOCRATIC OWNERSHIP Municipal enterprises are businesses or services owned by local public authorities that provide services or generate revenue for local communities. One of the earliest municipal enterprises were public power companies. As early as the 1880s, local governments began forming them to provide electricity in areas …

Public Takeover of PG&E: A Radically Common-Sense Proposal

Protesters hold signs as they march to the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) headquarters on December 11, 2018, in San Francisco, California. More than two dozen protesters staged a demonstration inside the lobby of the PG&E headquarters to demand that the energy company be held accountable for the Camp Fire that killed 85 people and destroyed over 18,000 structures in …

Power of public banking: Renewables generated 41% of Germany’s electricity in 2017, up from just 6% in 2000; and public banks provided over 72% of the financing for this transition.

The Financial Secret Behind Germany’s Green Energy Revolution The “Green New Deal” endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.-N.Y., and more than 40 other House members has been criticized as imposing a too-heavy burden on the rich and upper-middle-class taxpayers who will have to pay for it. However, taxing the rich is not what the Green New Deal resolution proposes. It says funding would …

Take back the grid: Start a Community Ownership of Power Administration (COPA), modeled after the New Deal’s Rural Electrification Administration

This paper, co-written by Jackson Koeppel, executive director of Soulardarity in Highland Park, Michigan, and Liz Veazey, network director of We Own It, proposes a component of the Green New Deal that is explicitly designed to free communities from the unjust power of investor-owned utilities for the sake of not only de-carbonization but in order to transform our economy so it serves everyone. It’s …