Young people are the rising force behind a bold climate action from Glasgow in Scotland to a small town America. The anxiety over the future of the planet is driving the youth in some of the politically conservative areas of America to climate and clean energy activism in their communities. Nicole Xiao and Devon Conway, two high school students in a small city of Moscow in Idaho, are making waves more than most adults who have the power and ability to do something about climate change. They share their story of clean energy transition activism, which is about to drastically change the future of their city in coming months.
How do clean energy and climate activists in GOP-dominated municipalities and counties gain political support and make a difference in their communities? Pat and Steve Miller in Middletown, New Jersey, who are pushing their Republican-run city for a 100 percent renewable energy transition, share their recipe on how to navigate a politically challenging environment and move a green agenda through it.
Community choice aggregation, or CCA, which is also known as municipal aggregation, is one of the best ways for towns and cities in the U.S. to decarbonize the power grid and even transition to a 100 percent renewable energy, if it is done right. By definition, CCAs allow municipalities to have more control over their energy supply, buy it from greener sources, and save money on energy. But what is CCA, how does it work, what are its pros and cons, do all CCAs work the same way, and would it work in your community? Today’s episode explores this potentially powerful local tool against climate change.
On May 2021, 74 percent of residents of the town of Peterborough in New Hampshire voted for a community-wide transition to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and 100 percent renewable heat and transportation by 2050. The power behind such a great voter during the time of the pandemic is Dori Drachman, who led the effort to put this ambitious climate action on the ballot. She is chair of the Peterborough Energy Action, a grassroots organization dedicated to move the town of Peterborough in New Hampshire to 100 percent clean, affordable, renewable energy for all. Dori shares how she and other volunteers made the clean energy transition commitment possible and what kind of work lies ahead for her community to begin the implementation phase of the transition.
Reimagined Communities brings you stories of clean energy transition in American communities.