Entries by Kurt Johnson

August 5th Community Energy Resilience Policy Summit Focuses on Equity in State Clean Energy Resilience Programs

As California turns its attention to enhancing energy resilience in the face of widespread power outages, wildfires, and COVID19, policymakers need to prioritize clean energy resilience for California’s lower-income communities.  This was the focus of August 5th’s Community Energy Resilience Policy Summit. Here’s an event summary blog, the agenda with links to presentations,  speaker bios,  and a link to the full video presentation. […]

The Climate Center is Seeking Support for New Clean Energy Resilience Bills

Disruptions caused by the current public health crisis may help provide an opportunity to accelerate the Advanced Community Energy transition – toward an energy system which is clean, affordable, resilient, equitable and safe — starting with development of microgrids to support critical facilities.   The Climate Center is seeking organizational sign-ons to support two new bills […]

New Bills Support Clean Energy Resilience

Update! To sign on in support of these two bills, click HERE. A key priority of The Climate Center’s rapid decarbonization effort is to advance the ability of local governments to create fossil fuel-free, safe, resilient and accessible local electricity systems.   Technology advances — including rapidly-declining costs for solar and battery storage — are […]

New Report explains how local clean energy deployments can build community resilience in the face of grid disruption

Our colleagues at Vote Solar just issued a new report on how resilient clean energy can combat California wildfires and power outages.  The report documents the widespread impacts of power shutoffs in California and the importance of protecting vulnerable communities. It highlights drawbacks to conventional solutions and offers policy solutions to help quickly and safely implement solar + storage, […]

Advanced Community Energy: Building a Clean and Resilient Electricity Grid

I am pleased to have joined the Center for Climate Protection to work on the new Advanced Community Energy (ACE) initiative.   Advanced Community Energy (ACE) is an initiative to establish, through legislation, a program to provide funding, technical expertise, best practices and local capacity building for all cities and counties to plan and implement local […]