This fall, Alameda County residents will start getting cleaner energy from a new locally run, nonprofit electricity provider, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE). That alone is a major victory many years in the making. But we now have an unprecedented opportunity to shape EBCE into a powerful force for good with the adoption and implementation of a radically community-focused plan for EBCE’s future.
EBCE will vote Wednesday on a Local Development Business Plan that lays out a framework for how EBCE can use its position in the community to foster local benefits, such as job creation and customer cost-savings.
The Local Development Business Plan describes strategies for:
- Developing local solar and wind energy;
- Creating family-sustaining clean energy jobs and careers;
- Reducing greenhouse gas pollution to fight climate change;
- Involving the community in governance of the program;
- Providing affordable and stable energy rates;
- Incentivizing rooftop solar and reducing energy use;
- Keeping and re-investing energy wealth in our community; and
- Providing benefits to communities traditionally shut out of the local clean energy economy, including low-income communities, communities of color, and renters.
The plan was developed through years of advocacy and participation by a broad coalition of community, environmental, and labor organizations.
Come add your voice to those calling for for the adoption and implementation of the Local Development Business Plan so that we can make economic, social, and environmental benefits a reality for the East Bay.
Wednesday, July 18
Rally and press conference 5 PM
EBCE Board meeting 6 PM
Hayward City Hall,
777 B Street, Hayward
(across the street from Hayward BART)