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Clean Energy - 350 Bay Area

                    Clean Energy Program

To join the team, email Ken Jones at Ken@350BayArea.org

350 Bay Area is excited to be a part of the Clean Energy movement happening around the country. We’re focused on pushing for an advanced community energy model to help California reach its climate goals, through three strategies:

  • Consulting with 350 Bay Area Action Legislative Team to help find and push for legislation to raise the threshold for how much electricity in California must come from renewable sources that are mostly local.
  • Advocating for policies and regulations that support rooftop solar, microgrids, and other distributed energy resources that get fastest possible move to 100% Renewable Clean Energy, in a socially equitable way, at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
  • Supporting expansion of community choice energy programs that will advance clean energy locally
IMPORTANT CAUTION ABOUT THE NEW DOCUMENTARY FROM MICHAEL MOORE: If you have seen “Planet of the Humans” – and you are wondering what to think or what we think, there is this review of it by Bill McKibben and this one we did with more of a California and 350 Bay Area slant HERE

Issues we work on

 

 

Community Choice Power

Community Choice Power

Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs have started up everywhere in the Bay Area and much of California now, providing a way to get more clean, renewable energy into the grid faster than what investor-owned utilities (IOU's) can by themselves. Above you see the very...

State Legislation – Consultation

State Legislation – Consultation

(Last update – October 18, 2020) This year's session was a dramatically scaled down version with much of the concern having been on the budget for the state due to lack of tax revenue due to the economic downturn and lack of support from the federal government for the...

Our Work at the CPUC

Our Work at the CPUC

350 Bay Area was part of the successful coalition (picture above is of thousands of petitions being delivered to the CPUC) that won the preservation of net metering in California back in early 2016. We continue to watch for and fight against any weakening of this...

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 Resources

 

Our campaign is dedicated to energizing ourselves and our state and local government bodies about the possibilities expressed in this short video  from The Solutions Project          

Our campaign grew out the enthusiasm and great science of one of its well-known scientist Board Members, Mark Jacobson, who gave the keynote speech at our Climate Conference in March 2014, which the large crowd there gave him a rousing standing ovation for.  You can watch it HereAnd you can watch the panel discussion with him that followed his talk, moderated by Greg Dalton of the Commonwealth Club’s Climate One, with Miya Yoshitani of APEN, Dan Jacobson from Environment CA, and Greg Thomson, at the time, from Clean Coalition  Here

Mark Jacobson, from nearby Stanford, has a plan for California that he talked about in the above video that is in this peer-reviewed article 

TODAY’s ENERGY SUPPLY OUTLOOK IN CALIFORNIA (CAISO) 

Click Here to SEE IT

 OTHER ARTICLES and REPORTS

Toward a more decentralized energy delivery model:  Lorenzo Kristov’s  Bottom Up Energy Revolution – April 2019

The Emissions Gap Report 2019 a UN Synthesis Report   This report brought in November shows the discrepancy between the goal of keeping world temperatures under 1.5 degrees C and what countries have said and are actually doing.  It is pretty scientific but interesting.

California – Where we are Now (2019 est.):  Percentage of energy for RPS Renewables (Solar and Wind and all Carbon-Free Energy)

The Technology Path to Deep Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cuts by 2050: The Pivotal Role of Electricity  This paper looks at the infrastructure and technology path required to meet California’s goal of an 80% reduction below 1990 CO2 levels, using detailed modeling of infrastructure stocks, resource constraints, and electricity system operability.

COMMUNITY CHOICE

Statewide Organizations:

National Organization (home office in Mill Valley, CA):  LeanEnergyUS

Community Choice Programs in the Bay Area – If you have not chosen the highest level of renewable energy, call them and choose that level to move the state to its climate goals faster.  You can check the 4th page of your PG&E bill to find out which one is yours and what level you are subscribed at.