What’s next after NextEra? The Public Utilities Commission rejected the NextEra-Hawaiian Electric takeover deal, but the real work to build a clean energy system by and for the people of Hawaii has just begun. [Read more about Hawai‘i’s Public Utilities Commission rejection of the $4.3 billion sale of HECO, Hawai‘i’s main utility, to Florida-based NextEra Energy.]
On July 19, the people of Oakland, California, halted a multi-million dollar dirty energy project in its tracks. The Oakland City Council, bolstered by the support of thousands of residents, voted to ban shipments of coal from the city in response to a proposal from powerful local developer Phil Tagami. Tagami’s plan was to use more than $50 million in taxpayer money to bring 10 million tons of coal a year from Utah to the West Oakland waterfront by train.
Editor’s note: José González is an experienced educator and the founder of Latino Outdoors, a Latino-led organization working to create a national community of leaders in conservation and outdoor education. He was featured in Grist’s 50 People You’ll be Talking about in 2016.
Update: On March 28th, 2017, President Trump issued a sweeping executive order that undermines federal actions to combat climate change, including the landmark Clean Power Plan. Earthjustice will continue to defend the Clean Power Plan in court against any Trump administration attempts to dismantle it.
Clean energy isn’t a wave of the future—it’s here, and it’s now. Earthjustice has been working to secure renewable energy victories that will usher in a number of critical clean energy advancements this year and beyond, helping to make clean energy even more accessible and affordable.
Here are five recent successes that will make our energy grid greener and our futures brighter:
Co-authored by Earthjustice Associate Attorney Kylie Wager.
As public-interest environmental lawyers at Earthjustice, we’ve gone up against our share of billion-dollar companies that don’t have the best interests of the environment and planet at heart. While we count on the power of justice to overcome their almighty dollars, every so often, we win a victory so big, so fulfilling, so right, because it brings together years of hard work and opens up opportunities and hope for the future.
Renewable energy innovation is sweeping the world like an electrical storm. The U.S., Mexico and Canada have pledged to draw half of North America’s power from clean energy sources by 2025, and cities around the globe, from San Francisco to Sydney, are working on their own plans to use 100 percent renewable power.