Reclaiming the Energy Vision Through Energy Democracy

with the Center for Social Inclusion, Global Labor Institute, Citizens for Local Power, and Local Power, Inc 
September 11, 2014
7:00pm - 9:00pm

In this first installment of our series on important issues regarding the REV Proceeding, an expert panel spoke about movements toward Energy Democracy and how New York's public interest community can push for policies to increase opportunities for Energy Democracy through the REV Proceeding. See other REV-related Webinars.

Presentations by:

Anthony Giancatarino and Eric Walker are with the Center for Social Inclusion, which works to identify and support policy strategies to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion. They develop policy ideas, foster effective leadership, and develop communications tools for an opportunity-rich world in which we all will thrive no matter our race or ethnicity. Anthony works in partnership with local grassroots communities to support racially equitable policy development and strategies at the local level that can also help shape and influence national policy change. Eric has nearly a decade of experience working at the intersection of community organizing, neighborhood revitalization, sustainability, and economic justice. He is a co-founder of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) in Buffalo, NY, and is currently the inaugural Racial Equity Fellow for the Center for Social Inclusion’s Energy Democracy project. At the center, he uses his advocacy and policy experience to identify ways to open energy policymaking tables to the voices of communities of color and low-income communities across New York State.

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Sean Sweeny is Co-Director, Global Labor Institute, a program of the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) based in New York City. Sean works with the international labor community around economic alternatives, environmental sustainability, and climate protection. In 2007, Sean and the Global Labor Institute team worked with the Steelworkers and other unions to organize the North American Labor Assembly on Climate Crisis, the first major conference on unions and climate change. Sean coordinates Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, a global project that is building support for social ownership of energy, including renewable power.

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Jessica Barry and Paul Fenn are working to bring Community Choice Aggregation and local control over the energy supply to New York. Jessica is a co-founder of Citizens for Local Power, which empowers communities in New York's mid-Hudson region to transition to a resilient, clean energy economy. Citizens for Local Power helped introduce a state-wide Community Choice Aggregation bill in the New York State Legislature last year. CLP is working to create a Municipal Energy Consortium of 12-20 municipalities to facilitate local clean energy projects, create inter-municipal buyers' groups for clean energy products and services; and give voice to local communities in PSC proceedings. Paul is founder and president of Local Power Inc, which works on a national level to help communities implement Community Choice Aggregation to democratize and green their energy supply. Paul drafted the nation's first Community Choice Aggregation bill for Massachusetts in 1993, and went on to draft or help draft similar laws in Ohio, California and other states over the following decade. Fenn also drafted the nation's first municipal revenue bond authority to finance installations of renewables and efficiency measures in 2001, and used it to grow CCA into a new business model focused on demand reduction and localization.

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