August 6, 2018

Californians’ community energy and voting priorities set a great example as clean power overtakes nuclear in over half of US states.


Community Choice Is Driving California’s Precocious Energy Revolution

California is on track to meet its clean-energy goals a decade early, due primarily to the power of Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), which are delivering a higher percentage of renewable energy than utilities and causing utilities to offer more clean energy. A CCA is when a community strikes its own deal with an energy provider for a a minimum of 37% renewable energy. California’s average CCA benchmarks their power mix at 52% renewable energy.

The California Environmental Justice Alliance unites  communities most impacted by environmental hazards – low-income communities and communities of color  – to create comprehensive opportunities for change. Learn more here.


Renewable energy provides more electricity than nuclear power in over half of U.S. states

New Energy Information Administration analysis finds that renewable energy sources are providing more electricity than nuclear power in over half of US states and more electricity than coal in a third. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, renewable sources account for over 20% of installed generating capacity, more than double the capacity of all the nuclear plants across the US.

As renewable energy investment grows, the US needs more commitment to environmental justice for people in low-income communities. To learn more, check out Neighborhood Funders Group.


Poll Finds Environment a Major Issue for California Voters

Californians will elect a new governor this fall, choosing between Democrat Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Republican businessman John Cox. Polling indicates that the environment is on voters’ minds: a survey from the Public Policy Institute of California found that 87% of those polled expressed concern about the state’s environment, while two-thirds of voters polled would  “favor a state law to drop [vehicle] emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels in the next 20 years.”

As Newsom and Cox duke it out for control in Sacramento, SCOPE is  building grassroots power to create social and economic justice for low-income, female, immigrant, black, and brown communities in Los Angeles.