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ECC CEO Denise Fairchild to Address March 5 Clean Power, Healthy Communities Conference

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ECC President and CEO Denise Fairchild will explore how to build a movement to democratize energy in the United States at the fifth annual Clean Power, Healthy Communities conference sponsored by the Local Clean Energy Alliance (LCEA).

LCEA says the March 5 conference at the California Endowment Conference Center in Oakland will promote development of locally-controlled clean energy economies as a necessary path to a sustainable future and examine the role of “energy democracy – community control and ownership of energy resources – in the transition to a renewable future.”

The conference will bring together policy makers, entrepreneurs and community advocates around strategies and programs for advancing a local clean energy transition in the Bay Area and beyond. It will feature a live national webcast run through the YouTube Live platform as a way to deepen the discussion around the importance of energy democracy as a key aspect of addressing climate change.

Decentralization, Community Role Essential
LCEA says the urgency of addressing the growing threat of climate change is generating solutions “based on large-scale, centralized, corporate energy generation” that fail to challenge “unlimited growth in consumption, extreme inequality and centralized economic power.” LCEA and others are offering instead “a new life-sustaining economic model” for which “decentralized, democratized energy resources” are essential for a sustainable future.

 LCEA adds that the conference is aimed at strengthening “the movement for sustainable energy, in which communities and grassroots organizations are playing an increasingly decisive role.”

Fairchild’s afternoon keynote will be followed by a panel response, as will the morning keynote by Green for All Executive Director Nikki Silvestri, whose remarks will echo the conference themes of community-based, decentralized energy and community empowerment.

Morning and afternoon breakout sessions will focus on “Initiatives Promoting Resilient Communities” and “Building Our Political Constituency,” respectively. The one-day conference also features a closing plenary on Energy Democracy and the New Economy, followed by a wrap-up and social hour. 

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