The conference is a diverse gathering of policy makers, entrepreneurs, and community advocates engaged in a thoughtful and inspiring exploration of strategies and programs for advancing a local clean energy transition in the Bay Area. The 5th annual conference will feature plenaries and breakout sessions on the role of energy democracy—community control and ownership of energy resources—in the transition to a renewable future. How can we leverage the distributed nature of renewable energy to build a new economy that is regenerative, sustainable, and equitable? What approaches are being used to build community control of energy sources from the ground up? What emerging technologies and alternative financing mechanisms will contribute to the growth of community-based energy development?
Why Energy Democracy? The urgency to address the growing threat of climate collapse is causing many to support quick-fix decarbonization models as alternatives to fossil-fuel-based energy, as solutions to the climate crisis. These models are based on large-scale, centralized, corporate energy generation (both renewable and nuclear), which leaves the logic of unlimited growth in consumption, extreme inequality, and centralized economic power unchallenged.