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Solar panels on the rooftops of homes in the Salt Lake neighborhood of Oahu, Hawaii.

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.]

West Oakland organizers recently led their community to victory against a multi-million dollar dirty energy proposal. Reverend Ken Chambers (above) of Oakland’s West Side Missionary Baptist Church was one of the most outspoken opponents of the plan.

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.

Founder of Latino Outdoors José González (right) talks about his group’s efforts to encourage Latinos to connect with the great outdoors and to shine light on the conservationism so pervasive in the Latino culture.

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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.

The fight for the nation's Clean Power Plan, which sets the first-ever federal carbon pollution limits for our nation’s electric power plants, is taking place in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., isn’t just the seat of our national government; it’s also my hometown. It’s the place where I was born and have lived nearly my whole life. I attended the very first Earth Day rally here in 1970. I’ve also spent over three decades working here, under six presidential administrations and on a wide variety of issues.

David Brosch stands in front of a 22 kilowatt solar electric array atop the roof of the University Park Church of the Brethren in Maryland.

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:

Earthjustice Staff Attorney Isaac Moriwake stands on his rooftop.

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.

School crossing guard Be Be White stops traffic on South Pearl Street for children, including his son Brayton and Sanaiya, both six years old. White, who has lived in Ezra Prentice Homes for 12 years is among the residents who attended meetings against th

This week, the residents of Ezra Prentice Homes in Albany, NY, won a key victory in court against a Fortune 500 fossil fuel company that is trying to turn their community into a major oil transport hub.

Since 2014, my Earthjustice colleagues and I have represented residents of the Ezra Prentice Homes, the neighboring public housing development, in their fight against the proposal by Global Companies to import, heat, store and handle tar sands oil at the company’s Albany facility. 


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