Electricity

Renewable Energy

  • Target a just and equitable transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030, while protecting economically disadvantaged ratepayers from temporary rate shocks, ensuring that the benefits of the transition are shared equitably by all, prioritizing marginalized communities, and addressing the health effects of legacy pollution.
  • The IPCC defines renewable energy as any form of energy from solar, geophysical (including wind, geothermal, tidal, hydro), or biological sources that is replenished by natural processes at a rate that equals or exceeds its rate of use.* We amend this definition to add that renewable energy shall not be harmful to our communities or the environment. Examples of technologies that should not be treated as renewable sources of energy because of their adverse health, climate, environmental, and social justice impacts include burning wood chips, wood pellets, solid waste, or construction and demolition debris.

Nuclear Energy

  • No new nuclear energy.
  • Phase out existing nuclear energy, in an equitable manner, as soon as reactors can be replaced by expanding renewables and efficiency and not with fossil fuels.
  • End subsidies to nuclear energy and redirect those resources to renewable energy, phasing out of nuclear energy facilities, and a just transition for nuclear energy workers. 

Biomass Energy

  • Biomass is a broad term that covers everything from algae to old growth forests. Renewable energy policies that include biomass fuels with no limitations perversely incentivize technologies that can produce greater carbon emissions than the fossil fuels they are intended to replace.
  • Renewable energy policies in the U.S. and abroad that currently include biomass fuels must be reformed to remove subsidies for wood-burning power plants, garbage incinerators, and other highly polluting technologies.
  • New proposals for renewable energy that include biomass fuels must be carefully crafted to avoid providing subsidies or other incentives for technologies with deleterious health and environmental impacts.  

Stop Subsidizing Polluting Fuels 

  • Eliminate subsidies for polluting fuels as soon as possible and ensure adequate, equitable access to funding and finance for clean renewables, prioritizing marginalized communities. 

Enact Utility Reforms

  • Accelerate deployment, integration, democratic ownership, public ownership, and affordability of renewables.
  • Maximize energy efficiency and electrification of other sectors.
  • Promote local, community-based control and decentralized, resilient grid modernization including storage.
  • Place a moratorium on essential utility service disconnections. 

References

[9] IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (IPCC-SRRN), 2011. O. Edenhofer, R. Pichs- Madruga, Y. Sokona, K. Seyboth, P. Matschoss, S. Kadner, T. Zwickel, P. Eickemeier, G. Hansen, S. Schlömer,C. von Stechow (eds), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA. Technical Summary, 1.2 (p. 38).