Energy democracy and public power
Right now, our energy system is fossil-fueled and driven by profit. Private utilities dominate the landscape, fighting against the renewable energy transition; polluting Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities; and extracting wealth from families struggling to pay their energy bills.
We have the opportunity to build political power and usurp this extractive energy model. Across the United States, campaigns have risen up to fight for public ownership of our utilities so that access to clean, affordable, and democratized energy is treated as a human right. Public power campaigns strike at the heart of the energy system and take on the actor that upholds the status quo.
The vision that organizers bring to their public power organizing is one of energy democracy. Energy democracy embodies an energy system held up by collective ownership, democratized spaces for decision-making, and active reparations for the previous extractive system.
The pamphlet below holds some of the key messages of the fight for public power and energy democracy.