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#Katrina15toRita15: Community Energy & Environmental Justice - Shared screen with speaker view
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
31:41
Welcome to everyone joining today’s Power Hour session! This is part of the #GulfSouth4GND Community Rising Series. Join us for future sessions at noon CDT throughout this week: https://www.gcclp.org/gcclp-events
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
32:45
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Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
36:44
Logan Burke is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy.Email: Logan@all4energy.orgWebsite: https://www.all4energy.org/Twitter: https://twitter.com/All4EnergyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/all4energy/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/all_4_energy/
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
43:14
“Fossil gas is the largest part of our energy system throughout the coast. And that means we’re vulnerable… to the kind of extreme weather events we’ve been experiencing - before Katrina, during 2005, and more and more.“ - Logan Burke, Alliance for Affordable Energy#GulfSouth4GND #Katrina15toRita15
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
45:29
“Just Transition will require we need to be involved in state and local planning to make sure our energy systems are community-owned, community-led, and appropriate for the regions we live in.” - Logan Burke, Alliance for Affordable Energy#GulfSouth4GND #Katrina15toRita15
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
48:18
Nina Morgan is a Climate & Environmental Justice Organizer at GASP.Email: nina@gaspgroup.orgWebsite: https://gaspgroup.org/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nina_at_GaspFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/gaspgroupInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/gaspgroup/
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
54:43
“North Birminghma is a textbook case of structural & environmental racism. There’s a legacy of the Civil Rights movement - this is an area that has changed the world and been a central part of the story of Black liberation. And then there’s also a legacy of industrial development, redlining, urban renewal, and environmental racism. Birmingham itself is a sacrifice zone.“ - Nina Morgan (Twitter: @Nina_at_Gasp), GASP#GulfSouth4GND #Katrina15toRita15
Gayla from GCV
58:21
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Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
59:06
“Especially for our elders, people in Birmingham have to decide between paying utility bills and buying their medicine, or paying utilities or buying food. That’s obscene.” - Nina Morgan (Twitter: @Nina_at_Gasp), GASP
#GulfSouth4GND #Katrina15toRita15
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
01:01:23
Jonathan Green is the Executive Director of the Steps Coalition.Email: jgreen@stepscoalition.orgWebsite: https://www.stepscoalition.org/Twitter: https://twitter.com/steps_coalitionFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/stepscoalition/
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
01:08:26
“Community solar allows a community to have a solar farm that’s geographically close, which allows owners of that farm to have the same benefits as if you had solar panels on your home without the physical challenges and costs of installment. It increases access to solar energy and all the associated benefits. “ - Jonathan Green, Steps Coalition#GulfSouth4GND#Katrina15toRita15
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
01:11:36
“It’s important for us that community controls this resource. These energy utility companies are all profit-driven. But our goal is to help Mississippi families.” - - Jonathan Green, Steps Coalition
#GulfSouth4GND
#Katrina15toRita15
Folami Harris
01:14:09
I installed solar 4 years ago only farm home. These were the days when battery storage was beyond many peoples reach, even if they could afford to have the solar panels installed. The move reduced my bill but overall increased my cost for energy after you calculate the cost of energy I had to buy back for night usage, the cost of the installation itself and the fee for having a meter installed for the energy company. I now pay more than I did before solar installation. This move is not as simple or beneficial as it is touted to be. Please include this in any discussion of solutions.
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
01:14:26
Feel free to drop any questions/comments here in the chat!
Folami Harris
01:15:03
I installed solar 4 years ago only farm home. These were the days when battery storage was beyond many peoples reach, even if they could afford to have the solar panels installed. The move reduced my bill but overall increased my cost for energy after you calculate the cost of energy I had to buy back for night usage, the cost of the installation itself and the fee for having a meter installed for the energy company. I now pay more than I did before solar installation. This move is not as simple or beneficial as it is touted to be. Please include this in any discussion of solutions.
Gayla from GCV
01:15:43
I’ve heard critiques of market based solutions as a move towards a just transition, would any of you want to expand more?
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
01:16:35
Great question, Gayla!
C.J. WALTON
01:16:39
We need to advocate for legislation that puts the option of virtual metering versus power purchase agreements in the hand of the power CONSUMER.
C.J. WALTON
01:17:56
Consumer rights are a civil rights issue.
Gayla from GCV
01:19:24
Oh and are Public Service Commissioners in LA or other Gulf South states allies/leaders in energy equity? (Solidarity from Georgia)
Logan Burke
01:23:37
Ms. Harris is absolutely right. This is about a policy decision. The difference between Net Metering vs. an avoided cost rate. The PSCs make these decisions
Logan Burke
01:24:57
Also Gayle, to your two questions: 1) re: a market solution, there ARE some market solutions that might help, specifically that open up consumer choice. However, we know in states that have begun true transitions it requires some combination of market options AND mandates.
Logan Yates
01:25:21
Would love to hear more about how to determine what’s appropriate and advantageous for a community (Rooftop vs. Community Solar, virtual net metering vs. PPAs, etc.), and what strategies our speakers have used to build power with their neighbors to take up these issues.
Logan Burke
01:26:22
2) SOME commissioners in Louisiana are advocates/alies, but not most. Same is true in Mississippi. These are races that could be won by advocates because there is so little visibility, but we need to organise and mobilze. Make sure everyone you know knows what PSC stands for.
Logan Burke
01:26:54
Logan: best overall option for the most people is Community Solar with Virtual Net Metering
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
01:27:26
Continue building movement with us!Join us at noon CDT tomorrow for our next Power Hour session: “Honoring Katrina’s Impacts on the South: the Origins of the Southern Movement Assembly.” Register at http://bit.ly/K15-SMA
Gayla from GCV
01:28:04
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Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
01:28:26
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Nina Hawkins
01:28:53
Fabulous job from all presenters!! Thank you!
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
01:28:53
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Folami Harris
01:29:02
If we do not address this at front end, we mislead, alienate and miss the opportunity for policy that makes sense.
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
01:29:32
Donate to the frontlines of Hurricane Laura:Mutual Aid Disaster Relief’s efforts in Lake Charles:tinyurl.com/MADR-LauraSouthwest Louisiana Center for Health Services: bit.ly/SWLA-HealthDonate to River of Life Church in Lake Charles, LA: theriver-iota.comThe United Houma Nation: bit.ly/UHNDonateThe Zion Travelers Cooperative Center (bit.ly/ZionTravelers). Mail checks to:Zion Travelers Cooperative, PO Box 1468, Braithwaite LA 70040Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing (BISCO) (bit.ly/BISCO-FB). Mail checks to: BISCO, 800 High St., Houma, LA 70360
Folami Harris
01:30:14
POC in Georgia?
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
01:30:26
Donate to the frontlines of Hurricane Sally:Donate to Central Gulf Coast People’s Council’s Sally Relief (AL):bit.ly/CGCPC-Sally-ReliefDonate to Africatown C.H.E.S.S.: africatown-chess.orgCenter for Fair Housing (AL): Mail a check made out to the Center for Fiar Housing to: Attn: Center for Fair Housing; PO Box 161324, Mobile, AL 33610Mutual Aid Disaster Relief: bit.ly/MADR-DonateMore to come as we confirm work on the ground.
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
01:31:24
Join us at noon CDT tomorrow for our next Power Hour session: “Honoring Katrina’s Impacts on the South: the Origins of the Southern Movement Assembly.” Register at http://bit.ly/K15-SMA
Matthew Kennedy, GCCLP (He/They)
01:31:42
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