Local clean energy and energy efficiency programs have the potential to meet our growing energy needs, protect our health and environment from the harmful effects of fossil fuel pollution, and save Californians billions of dollars!
But utilities are dragging their feet and attempting to slow our progress toward a clean energy future that benefits all of us!
Instead we need to be investing those dollars in clean energy and jobs here in California. But unless we show the Governor there is strong statewide support for clean energy, utilities will do what they have always done -- send our money out of state and buy dirty coal-fired electricity.
Tell the Governor to stand with us for jobs, savings, clean air and a more equitable and prosperous economy. Urge him to sign the Clean Energy Bill of Rights for a clean energy future that works for all of us!
Subject: Sign the California Clean Energy Bill of Rights
Dear Gov. Brown,
Local clean energy, from rooftop solar to energy efficiency programs and more, has a long and successful track record of providing benefits to Californians. Local clean energy saves money for homes, businesses, schools and government, creates billions of dollars in economic growth, while reducing air pollution and improving public health. In order to increase these benefits, and ensure that important climate protection goals are met, we call on the state to adopt local clean energy policies based on the following rights:
1. Universal Access: Every Californian has the right of access to local clean energy; unnecessary barriers to the widest possible use of local clean energy should be removed. Customers should not be locked into dirty sources of energy when increasingly cheaper, safer, and cleaner energy options exist.
2. Healthy Communities: Local clean energy is vital to providing a healthy future for our children and a healthy economy for our communities. Clean energy in our communities will keep our air and water clean while creating local family-sustaining jobs and economic prosperity.
3. Low Income Communities & Communities of Color: Low income communities and communities of color suffer disproportionately from the effects of dirty energy; we have an obligation to reduce the harm caused by our energy use, especially in these communities.
4. Right of Self Generation: Californians should be able to generate, own, and use local clean energy in their homes and in their communities, without unnecessary obstacles and red tape, or fear of being penalized by government or utilities with unfair rules, fees or penalties.
5. Right to Earn Money: Californians should have a right to earn money from the sunshine that falls on their roofs and the wind that blows on their land.
6. Equitable Benefits: Local clean energy should expand in a way that is equitable, supported by policies that ensure all Californians benefit from the clean energy economy.
7. Energy Efficiency: Efficiency is the largest and most affordable form of local clean energy. While dirty energy rates rise, customer bills need not follow this path. The state has a responsibility to insure that well-designed programs help Californians waste less energy and lower their bills through energy efficiency.
8. Community Participation: Decisions about energy should be transparent and encourage community participation. Communities have a right to participate in decisions about their energy supply, and to have a choice about where they get their energy.
9. Energy Security: Local clean energy is necessary to protect people from the risk of rising fossil fuel costs and helpless dependency on vulnerable energy supplies. Californians have the right to use local clean energy to provide for their own energy security and to offset their own rising energy bills.