November 26, 2014

Alameda County Board of Supervisors votes to move forward on Community Choice

Support Community Choice EnergyOn June 3, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors received an appreciative response from community members in the audience after their unanimous vote to take the first steps in establishing an East Bay community choice energy program.

The Supervisors, minus Haggerty, listened to a staff report on how a community choice program works and the steps to set one up. Led by Keith Carson, all four of the Supervisors present asked clarifying questions, including where the $1.3 million would come from to fund the first, mostly exploratory phase of establishing a program. This phase consists of conducting a feasibility study and holding outreach meetings with communities throughout Alameda County. Depending on the outcome of the feasibility study the Supervisors could then vote to move forward to begin the process of setting up an agency and designing the program.

The room was packed with supporters, many wearing yellow t-shirts with the slogan “Want a Choice?” and waving color-coordinated signs reading “Support Community Choice Energy!” Many were East Bay CCA advocates organized by the San Francisco Bay Chapter. The comments from the attending public were almost universally supportive. Many pointed out the benefits of a community choice program, including the potential to develop local renewable resources, thereby creating good clean energy jobs and reducing local greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Not one speaker was opposed to the move to develop an East Bay community choice program.

While the crowd was clearly excited by the outcome of the Supervisors’ meeting, the proceedings were overshadowed by the prospect of passage of AB 2145, a bill in the California legislature that would essentially kill California’s community choice energy programs. AB 2145 is going to a vote in the California Senate Energy Committee on June 23. See below to find out what you can do to protect local clean energy programs.

WhatYouCanDo

Rally to defend clean energy jobs and community power!

WHEN: Thursday, June 19, 10:30 AM ­­- 12:00 PM
WHERE: PG&E Service Center, 1919 Webster Street, Oakland (2 blocks from 19th Street BART)

Call East Bay Senators Ellen Corbett (916-651-4010) and Mark DeSaulnier (916-651-4007) and urge them to oppose AB 2145. Find a sample script and log a call.

Learn more at www.no2145.org/take-action.

—Barbara Stebbins

 

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