Energy Investment Districts – A Racially Equitable Solution

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Energy Investment Districts (EID) is CSI’s policy concept paper on how communities, particularly communities of color can develop local renewable energy generation and energy efficiency programs that are accountable to the community and produce healthier neighborhoods, reduce energy costs, create good jobs, build the local economy, and combat climate change.

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The Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) works to identify and support policy strategies to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion. Over the past four years, CSI has focused on energy democracy as an opportunity area for achieving structural inclusion. Energy democracy means that community residents are innovators, planners and decision-makers on how to use and create energy that is local and renewable.

Based on research, an extensive scan of local energy projects and engagement with local and national leaders, CSI has developed the concept of Energy Investment Districts (EIDs) as a policy solution that enables communities, particularly communities of color, to develop local renewable energy generation and energy efficiency programs that are accountable to the community and produce healthier neighborhoods, reduce energy costs, create good jobs, build the local economy, and combat climate change.

This paper outlines a framework for how EIDs could be created, how they would operate and a wide range of possible sources of financing. This is not meant to be a one-size-fits-all solution but rather a starting point that can be adapted to different localities and circumstances.

 

 

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