ENERGY DEMOCRACY – COMMUNITY INNOVATION IN BOSTON: A CASE STUDY

ENERGY DEMOCRACY – COMMUNITY INNOVATION IN BOSTON: A CASE STUDY View Download

Communities of color have long been environmental activists and can be innovators in a new renewable energy economy.  CSI’s case study analyzes efforts by community of color groups in Boston, Massachusetts to develop a community-owned energy service cooperative that would weatherize homes, provide jobs and lower emissions.

CSI identified the challenges facing the groups’ efforts, which include: a lack of resources to support leadership and capacity, a lack of financial resources to leverage private capital and a lack of transparency and inclusion in the decision-making process for state-sponsored weatherization programs.

Key takeaways from this case study are:

  1. Establishing community trust is critical to pursuing energy efficiency efforts;
  2. Foundations or city governments should provide low-interest loans to help communities of color leverage support for private capital;
  3. Community-based Energy Improvement Districts (EIDs) provide opportunities for communities of color to engage in energy efficiency financing, decision-making and implementation efforts.

1 Comment to ENERGY DEMOCRACY – COMMUNITY INNOVATION IN BOSTON: A CASE STUDY

  1. September 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    We agree. We are struggling now to just break-into developing solar and solar farming in our area as a way to help our North End detroit community become sustainable. And we have all of these problems plus getting a buy-in and cooperation from the community. Things they have never heard before. And without resources it seems we are blowing against the wind. Thank you for the article. I feel the struggle is not a one man show. As you move forward, I am moving forward.

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