Resources

Power to the People: Toward Democratic Control of Electricity Generation
Examines the main “fronts” on which the struggle for democratic control of power generation is currently expressing itself: renewable energy cooperatives, and attempts to reclaim electrical power generation at the municipal level. Also examines the US historical experience of the “public works” approach to energy transition during the New Deal, in particular the Rural Electrification Administration—a model of state-cooperative interaction and partnership.
Published by Trade Unions for Energy Democracy with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung–New York Office, co-authored by Sean Sweeney (Murphy Institute, CUNY), Kylie Benton-Connell (New School for Social Research) and Lara Skinner (Worker Institute at Cornell.) – June 2015

Our pensions, our communities, our planet: How to reinvest our pensions for our good?
Local governments in the UK invest over £14 billion of public sector pension funds into fossil fuel corporations. That means workers’ pensions are accelerating dangerous climate change. They are overly risky long term investments and they funnel capital out of local lives, jobs and economies into corporate profits of the likes of BP and Shell.
Briefing from Platform London, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy and One Million Climate Jobs – Nov 2015

Lisa Nandy speech on democratising energy
Lisa Nandy, Shadow Minister for Energy & Climate Change, used her speech at Labour’s 2015 Annual Conference to announce plans to democratise energy and put “people back in charge”. Promoting community-based energy companies and cooperatives that could provide a new powerhouse in the UK and ensure a more just energy system for us all. She backed energy municipalisation like Nottingham’s new Robin Hood Energy.

Jobs In Scotland’s New Economy
“The North Sea oil industry says jobs are threatened by falling oil prices. But a better future for Scotland is possible. More and better jobs. A safer and more stable economy. Stronger communities. A long-term future as an energy exporter. Moving from energy colonialism to energy democracy.
This report shows that sustainable sectors in the new economy can employ significantly more people than currently work in fossil fuel industries. Scotland can create stable jobs for those who need them, wipe out fuel poverty, do its bit to stem climate change and re-localise economies.”
Report commissioned by Scottish Green MSPs, authored by Mika Minio-Paluello – Aug 2015

Energy Beyond Neoliberalism
A manifesto exploring energy alternatives that break with the foundational assumptions of the neoliberal order. Rather than begging for small palliative scraps, we must make the argument for a new energy and economic settlement.
Written by Platform, published as part of Kilburn Manifesto’s After Neoliberalism, edited by Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey and Mike Rustin. – Dec 2014

The Leap Manifesto
“We could live in a country powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate racial and gender inequality. Caring for one another and caring for the planet could be the economy’s fastest growing sectors. Many more people could have higher wage jobs with fewer work hours, leaving us ample time to enjoy our loved ones and flourish in our communities.”
Published by a coalition of Canadian trade unions, social and faith movements, and Indigenous nations and movements – 2015

Rays of Hope – Clean and democratically controlled energy for everyone
“Around the world, communities are fighting fossil fuel corporations, taking control of energy and finding new and more democratic ways of meeting their needs while respecting the limits of the environment. While none of these are perfect and there are still challenges to overcome, they demonstrate that there are real alternatives to corporate control of our energy systems.”
Briefing by Global Justice Now – Dec 2014

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