The Energy Democracy Alliance is a collaboration of community-based organizations, grassroots groups, and others who are working together to advance a just and participatory transition to a resilient, localized, and democratically controlled clean energy economy in New York State. (Read our mission and principles of unity.)
Our work is currently focused on building public participation and influence in a major overhaul of state energy policy being pursued right now by New York Governor Cuomo, the New York Public Service Commission, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The policy overhaul is taking place through a number of initiatives driven by the Public Service Commission. These include:
Reforming the Energy Vision — an overarching proceeding that will change the rules for utility companies, determine who has access to and ownership over New York’s energy resources, and create new markets for distributed energy resources, such as rooftop solar, small-scale wind, energy efficiency, demand response, microgrids and other small generators (including diesel and gas). Read more.
Clean Energy Fund — an initiative to decide how much money the state will collect on utility bills to put toward clean energy subsidies and programs and to determine what those programs will look like. This is the first major rethinking of these policies since the state established a Renewable Portfolio Standard and an Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard. The current proposals would reduce state support for subsidies and programs in favor of market approaches. Read more.
Community Net Metering — an expansion of solar access to those who cannot install solar on their own roofs. In 2015, the Public Service Commission enabled shared renewables for the first time in New York. Now we are fighting to ensure that the state sets ambitious goals for low-income participation in shared solar. And we are working to help communities own shared solar installations. Read more.
Energy Affordability for Low Income Utility Customers — a proceeding to establish best practices and uniform utility-bill discounts for low-income customers to address the dramatic increase in utility shutoffs and late payments. Read more.
Community Choice Aggregation — a proceeding initiated at the request of sustainable energy activists in the Hudson Valley to enable municipalities to take control over their energy choices. Read more.
Together these proceedings will determine much of the course of New York’s energy future, including how and whether the state will successfully transition to a sustainable energy system. If you would like to find more about any particular proceeding, click the links above. The Energy Democracy Alliance is actively engaging in all of the above proceedings in order to advocate for public participation, environmental sustainability, consumer protections, energy affordability and racial and economic equity. To join our efforts, click here.