A group of sustainable business, environmental and community organizations Thursday announced they are forming a new coalition to help Los Angeles fill a commitment to use 100 percent renewable energy.
The Los Angeles Clean Energy Coalition said it will advance policies and programs that expand access to renewable energy and reduce the use of fossil fuels in order to help L.A. achieve a 100 percent goal by 2040.
“Our city’s leaders have set a bold vision for L.A.’s clean energy future,” said Bahram Fazeli, director of research and policy at Communities for a Better Environment. “As a coalition, we’re focused on how to best support that vision, and keep our city on track to meet our clean energy goals with a focus on just transition and equity.”
LACEC founding coalition members include Communities for a Better Environment, Earthjustice, Environment California, Global Green USA, GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Business Council, Pacoima Beautiful and the Sierra Club.
The coalition said it will also advocate for an equitable clean energy transition that prioritizes communities which have historically “endured the burden” of fossil fuels.
“Equity is at the heart of our work,” said Veronica Padilla, executive director of Pacoima Beautiful. “We believe that L.A.’s clean energy transition must be an equitable process that puts frontline communities front and center. We support programs that expand access to clean energy to all Angelenos by ensuring that clean energy projects, investments, infrastructure and jobs prioritize communities who need it the most.”