First of its kind energy advocacy group aims to take expanding clean energy to voters
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January 3, 2018
A grassroots coalition from the clean energy, issue advocacy and social justice sectors have launched Energy Future Project, a first of its kind political action group aimed at expanding renewable energy through political action. The grassroots coalition is helping to organize ballot initiatives in the 2018 election to expand clean energy standards, as well as elect local candidates who support clean energy policies.
As the New York Times reported earlier this year, nearly every state has seen proposals to roll back their clean energy policies in the last few years. Several states have rolled back the savings consumers can get from installing solar panels on their homes, and several more have seen proposals to decrease statewide renewable energy standards or make them voluntary. It’s part of a coordinated and well-funded national effort by utility trade associations like Edison Electric Institute who are working to convince state legislators and regulators to slow the growth of clean energy despite its popularity.
“From small towns looking to save on energy costs to states looking for ways to improve air quality and attract a huge new industry creating thousands of jobs, on this issue we can’t wait for politics as usual. It’s clear we need to put it to a public vote to make it happen,” said Dan Rosen, Board Chairman of Energy Future Project and founder of Mosaic, the largest solar lender in the US.
The group is forming at a time when polls suggest Americans of both political parties strongly support expanded use of cleaner energy. According to a 2016 Pew survey, more than 4 in 5 Americans support expanding deployment of clean energy sources like wind and solar, cutting across every political and demographic group. In the wake of federal inaction on climate change and President Trump’s exit from the Paris Accords, states and municipalities are looking for ways to lead, and the public has never been more engaged on the issue.
“We’re going to go state by state and community by community helping local activists organize to give voters a say,” Ryan Gallentine, Energy Future Project President, said. “It’s time to let the people decide whether they want clean, affordable energy or the same monopoly fossil fuel system we’ve had for a century. I am confident that voters will send a message that their choice is clear.”
Learn more about Energy Future Project at www.energyfutureproject.com.