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NAACP Board Passes Clean Energy Resolution

Posted by Admin On March - 11 - 2015

NEW YORK, NY – The NAACP National Board of Directors approved a resolution entitled “Promoting Equitable Access to Clean Energy Alternatives.” This resolution supports the ability of residential and business customers to generate their own electricity through solar panels (i.e., distributed generation) as a key pathway to energy democracy whereby communities can own solar panels and be partners in the nation’s electricity infrastructure. 
Support for this measure will provide opportunities for job creation and growth for local workers and minority owned businesses in the clean energy economy, as detailed in the NAACP national and 23-state Just Energy Policies Reports released last year.

In addition to our support for clean, renewable energy, and in keeping with our 106-year tradition of opposing regressive impacts on low-income consumers, the NAACP’s resolution mandates that the Association “will advocate for [net metering] pricing structures that are fair and do not unduly burden low income ratepayers.”  While regulatory circumstances in each state will differ, all state conferences of branches have pursued and will continue to pursue the NAACP’s dual objectives of advancing renewable energy while ensuring that it is not developed in a manner that is burdensome to the poor.

Roslyn  Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors:

“The NAACP has a vested interest in improving the quality of lives of those most adversely impacted by high rates of energy consumption, while promoting safer, affordable, and equitable energy alternatives and supplier options. In ratifying this resolution, the NAACP National Board has affirmed that we should seek alternatives to fossil fuel based energy production that is rampantly causing harm and polluting vulnerable communities.”

Kathy Egland, Chair, National Board of Directors Environmental and Climate Justice Subcommittee:

“We can improve the economic wellbeing of low income neighborhoods and communities of color and provide avenues for asset development and participation as we chart a new course for how we generate energy in the United States and beyond.”

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