The Newspaper of the San Francisco Bay Chapter
March - April 2007
Renewable energy for the East Bay
You've read about it in San Francisco; now's the time to help bring it to Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville
Residents of Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville may soon cut their use of fossil fuels substantially by buying power locally instead of from PG&E. A draft plan for Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) in the East Bay is coming out in April, with public forums likely this May.
CCA came into existence through California Assembly Bill 117, passed in September 2002 and initially drafted by the Oakland non-profit Local Power, partially in response to the California energy "crisis" of 2000 - 2001.
By giving control of the electricity mix back to communities, CCA allows cities to rapidly scale up their use of renewable energy, efficiency, and energy conservation. CCA is a way for cities and counties to build community-owned power sources so that people with a vested interest in the local community can make environmentally and socially sound decisions about energy. Through CCA we can rapidly scale up renewable energy, efficiency, and conservation. It is one of the best tools for reducing the emissions that cause global warming and pollution-related illness while also stabilizing prices for consumers.
The benefits of CCA include:
A study by the city of Oakland shows we could get up to 50% of local power from renewables by 2017 if CCA is adopted rapidly. For this to happen, we need CCA to be passed by the City Councils of Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville!
For the leaders of these cities to move quickly, they need to hear from us now. All who live or work in Emeryville, Berkeley, or Oakland should contact your local leaders (hand-written letters are most powerful). Thank them for keeping things moving forward and for giving serious consideration to the concept and opportunities of a CCA in the East Bay. Voice your support for clean energy that is generated locally and distributed throughout the area. Remind them of the urgent need to address climate change, and ask to be kept informed about these plans.
Mayor: Ron Dellums
Mayor: Tom Bates
Mayor: Nora Davis
For more information about CCA see the web sites of Local Power: www.local.org/local.html
and the Local Government Commission: www.lgc.org/cca
To volunteer to help in the East Bay CCA campaign, contact or call (510) 848-0800, ext. 304
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