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Indigenous Environmental Network
Climate Justice Alliance
Energy Democracy represents a shift from the corporate, centralized fossil fuel economy to one that is governed by communities, is designed on the principle of no harm to the environment, supports local economies, and contributes to the health and well-being for all peoples.
Local Clean Energy Alliance
Emerald Cities Collaborative
Check out the Energy Democracy Scorecard curated by the Emerald Cities Collaborative that assesses key principles including social justice, regenerative energy systems, moral economy, and co-governance to determine how well energy democracy is being achieved in your community.
Energy Democracy Project
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Energy News Network
The ‘Community of the Future’ is being designed in Bronzeville. The local utility, ComEd and the Department of Energy are building a microgrid in Chicago’s ‘Black Metropolis.’ Learn more about Bronzeville in the full Energy News Network article by Audrey Henderson.
Union of Concerned Scientitst
Taller Salud, a community-based non-profit in Loíza, who teamed up with Afro-Puerto Rican female leaders to create a recovery plan for the community. Despite being abandoned by the federal government, the residents of Loíza never gave up. They came together to provide food, water, and support the community. Learn how Taller Salud is building resilience through Afro-Puerto Rican female leadership and knowledge in this article by Juan Declet-Barreto.
Energy Allies and our partners are building a movement to democratize energy systems.
New York Energy Democracy Alliance
The New York Energy Democracy Alliance (NYEDA) is a statewide alliance of community-based organizations, grassroots groups, and policy experts working together to advance a just and participatory transition to a resilient, localized, and democratically controlled clean energy economy in New York State.
Independent Energy Control
Revolutionizing our energy system through centering energy justice means addressing power inequities and leveraging collective community voices to call for equitable climate policy.
Essential in understanding the movement of energy democracy is to understand the structures of who currently control our energy systems. Most people in the U.S. get their energy from investor-owned utilities (IOUs), privately-owned whose foremost goal is maximizing profit for their shareholders. This privatized structure gives little opportunity for the public input and often favors powerful interests like the fossil fuel industry over the public interest. In striving towards energy democracy, communities leverage voice and agency to shape a more resilient energy future.
While these alternative utility structures do not guarantee clean and affordable energy access (some are still heavily reliant on and influenced by fossil fuels) they allow for direct public input and open the door for communities to advocate for the type of power they want.