(Sacramento, CA) — In a letter sent to Governor Newsom and state leaders, a coalition of 18 California nonprofit organizations urged state policymakers to emphasize community energy resilience as part of state strategy to address COVID-19 recovery and prepare for future power shutoffs.
“Community energy resilience provides a sustainable, local path to economic recovery and public health using clean, local energy resources and zero-emission vehicles that help California stay steadfast in its climate action plans and air quality goals while also preparing for public safety power shutoffs and outages,” said Raghav Murali, policy director at the Center for Sustainable Energy.
“There cannot be climate justice without racial justice,” said Ellie Cohen, CEO of The Climate Center. “Many communities of color are being hit much harder than others by COVID-19 and climate change. State policy needs to prioritize and fund initiatives for deploying resilient clean energy infrastructure in low-income and indigenous communities.”
The coalition is urging state leaders to:
● Emphasize community-centric, local resilience planning
● Leverage microgrids to serve critical facilities, support clean emergency back-up power, and address community resilience needs
● Commit to California’s clean transportation transition to reduce the state’s largest source of greenhouse gases
Attached is the Letter.
Lillian Mirviss, Center for Sustainable Energy, 415-606-2025
Kurt Johnson, The Climate Center, 970-729-5051
About The Microgrid Resources Coalition
The Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) is a non-profit organization comprised of owners, operators, developers, suppliers and investors in the microgrid industry working together to advocate for policies and regulations that support microgrid deployment. The MRC promotes widespread implementation of microgrids through laws, regulations, and tariffs that support microgrid access to the market, compensation for services, and a level playing field for deployment and operation.
About The Climate Center
The Climate Center is a 501(c)(3) organization working to enact rapid decarbonization policies that put California on track to reverse the climate crisis, through net-zero emissions, carbon-sequestration, and resilient communities. The Climate Center’s Community Energy Resilience program is working to create a new electricity system for California that is clean, affordable, resilient, equitable and safe.
About The Center for Sustainable Energy
The Center for Sustainable Energy® (CSE) is a nonprofit offering clean energy program administration and technical advisory services. With the experience and streamlined efficiency of a for-profit operation, CSE leads with the passion and heart of a nonprofit. We work nationwide with energy policymakers, regulators, public agencies, businesses and others as an expert implementation partner and trusted resource.
About The Clean Coalition
The Clean Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid through technical, policy, and project development expertise. We drive policy innovations and establish market mechanisms to proliferate distributed energy resources (DER), and through our Community Microgrid Initiative we create near-term deployment opportunities for DER.
About Vote Solar
Vote Solar is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that advocates for state policies and programs needed to transform our electric system with clean energy. Since 2002, Vote Solar has been working to expand solar access for all consumers, particularly those who have been disadvantaged in the past.