Johanna received her M.Sc. in sustainable innovation from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She first worked with The Democracy Collaborative as a Master’s student while conducting research on how public ownership of electric utilities can be used as a strategy for energy democracy. She also has a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Barnard College, where she was an Athena Scholar for Women’s Leadership. She has organized around climate both in the United States and the Netherlands and most recently worked on divestment campaigns for pension funds, universities, and cultural institutions alongside groups such as Fossil Free NL and BothENDS. She was previously an Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Fellow, working to bridge the gap between scientists and society.
- Yale Climate Connections
Under community choice aggretation, local governments take over the job of buying electricity for their residents. In her editorial piece, Johanna Bozuwa, co-manager of the Climate and Energy Program at the Democracy Collaborative (a research institution focused on economic inequality), wrote that Californians are growing more skeptical that private power company PG&E will be able to provide reliable power as climate change makes fire seasons more extreme.
CounterSpin interview with Johanna Bozuwa on public utilities.
Representative Ro Khanna called for a public takeover of the investor-owned utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company as anger mounts over widespread blackouts aimed at keeping electrical equipment from igniting wildfires. An ideal public power network would be less centralized, with distributed renewable generation, batteries, and transmission lines that would make the system less vulnerable to fires and extreme weather events, said Johanna Bozuwa, a public power expert at the Washington-based think tank Democracy Collaborative.
- Mother Jones
In an interview with HuffPost, the progressive Rep. Ro Khanna accused the power company PG&E of prioritizing high executive salaries and payouts to investors over infrastructure upgrades needed to operate safely in a hotter, drier climate. An ideal public power network would be less centralized, with distributed renewable generation, batteries and transmission lines that would make the system less vulnerable to fires and extreme weather events, said Johanna Bozuwa, a public power expert at the Washington-based think tank Democracy Collaborative.
This week on CounterSpin: People are using words like “unlivable” to describe parts of California, where wildfires and power outages are driving new kinds of crisis and exacerbating existing ones. We’ll talk about the drive for a publicly owned, community-controlled energy system with Johanna Bozuwa, co-manager of the Climate & Energy Program at the Democracy Collaborative.