Energy Democracy and Empowerment

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 1:15- 2:45 pm EST


Energy Democracy:

One of the unique opportunities from decarbonization is to reorganize the energy system to empower, support, and benefit communities. How can we achieve that goal? How do we create space for communities to imagine and contribute to debates about energy futures and find ways to diversify ownership of energy? How can we scale programs for national impact?  (photo credit: Sarah Yeoman)

Making 100% clean energy by 2035 accessible:

In October 2021, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm announced a new target for the National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) to enable community solar systems to power the equivalent of five million households by 2025, creating $1 billion in energy bill savings. These new NCSP milestones support the Biden-Harris Administration’s goals to achieve 100% clean electricity by 2035 and ensure that renewable energy benefits – including meaningful results like community wealth-building and resiliency – are accessible to all Americans. 

7x Increase in household solar capacity in 4 years:

Currently, there is enough community solar installed in the U.S. to power 600,000 households. Achieving this new target will mean an increase in community solar deployment of more than 700% in the next four years. It will also mean more Americans have access to meaningful energy cost savings, clean energy jobs, and a more equitable clean energy transition. This ambitious target is achievable but requires many solutions and partners.

Hear an important conversation focused on forward-thinking solutions sponsored by ASU LightWorks, and bring your questions.


Meet the Panel

Clark MillerModerator, Professor and Director of the Center for Energy & Society, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University

Chéri SmithFounder & CEO, Indigenized Energy Initiative (formerly Covenant Tribal Solar Initiative)

Emily Schapira, Board Member, President & CEO, Philadelphia Energy Authority

Cecilio Ortiz-Garcia, Chair, Department of Public Affairs & Security Studies, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Posted in

Leave a Comment