December 18, 2014

East Bay Community Choice energy moves slowly

On Dec. 11 the Board of the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) voted not to proceed with a feasibility study on forming a Community Choice energy program for the East Bay (see December-January Yodeler, page 5).

The Sierra Club was disappointed, for we had urged EBMUD to proceed with the study, and over 800 people responded to our e-mail alert to contact the Board.

The Board indicated that it is still open to administering a Community Choice program, but that it is reluctant to invest more funds at this time without stronger indications of commitment by local cities.

The Clean Energy & Jobs Oakland campaign, organized by the Local Clean Energy Alliance and the Energy Committee of the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, has taken the lead in advocating for an East Bay Community Choice program. The Sierra Club Bay Chapter is discussing with them steps for moving forward. To get involved, and for information, contact Chapter conservation organizer Jess Dervin-Ackerman at (510)848-0800, ext. 304, or jess@sfbaysc.org.

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