California invests billions of dollars every year, from public and private sector sources, in clean energy technology and incentives. These investments aim to facilitate our transition away from fossil fuels and into a cleaner, greener energy future. Greenlining works to ensure that the communities most harmed by pollution and poverty are among the first to benefit from this transition away from oil and gas, both as energy customers and as the workers and innovators that drive our clean energy economy.
Greenlining works with partners and allies, decision-makers and regulators, utilities and other private sector stakeholders to:
- Promote a zero carbon, zero emissions electric grid in California, powered by 100 percent renewable fuel sources and free from our historical dependence on fossil fuels. This complex problem will require us to think differently about everything from how the electric grid works across the Western states to when we charge our laptops and run the dishwasher. Communities of color need to participate in and benefit from every strategy we apply to the clean energy challenge.
- Ensure that all customers have access to the benefits of distributed generation like solar generated at home or in their community, by promoting community solar, inclusive financing, and other programs and incentives designed to prioritize clean energy investments made directly in communities of color.
- Promote equity as the market shifts to clean power to ensure that our communities can be among the early adopters of technologies like battery storage, distributed generation, and smart appliances.
- Ensure that clean energy programs create meaningful workforce pathways for our communities into rewarding careers in the clean energy sector, with jobs that pay family-supporting wages, provide benefits, and lead to opportunities for career advancement. Opportunities must go beyond installer and other entry-level jobs, and extend to sales and marketing, engineering and product development, finance, business services and more.
- Ensure that employment policies for clean energy workers are fair and do not discriminate against formerly incarcerated people.
- Create more contracting opportunities for businesses owned by people of color, women, and veterans.
- Ensure accountability and transparency through public reporting on program results, including information on who benefits from these programs and who remains left out.