Georgia residents are facing rapidly increasing energy bills, with the typical household seeing their monthly bill rising more than $14. With residents spending more than 10% of their income on energy bills – even in metropolitan Atlanta – Georgians need accessible, affordable and clean power more than ever. Across the state, organizers and community members are fighting for democratization of energy, data transparency, and energy-efficient communities.
With energy democratization, we need to ensure that there is a diverse and democratically elected representation across Georgia’s electric member corporations and regulatory bodies so the will of the people is reflected in the state’s energy grid. With data transparency, we need to increase access to data on power system investments and electricity consumption so that consumers can understand the numbers on their bills and change their behavior accordingly. When it comes to clean energy and energy-efficient communities, Georgia is focusing on increasing the weatherization and retrofitting of housing to improve energy efficiency and ensuring the development of carbon-free power to deliver clean and affordable energy to Georgia consumers.
Movement spotlight: Partnership for Southern Equity
Based in Atlanta, Partnership for Southern Equity is a nonprofit organization that advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South. Through forums, research and organizing efforts, PSE brings together the regional community to lift up and encourage just, sustainable and civic practices for balanced growth and opportunity.
Georgia Electric Co-op Scorecard:
Organizations from seven Southeastern states are taking a close look at the governance and services offered by their member-owned utilities. The Southeast Electric Co-op Scorecards project is an endeavor to rate electric cooperatives on their governance, energy efficiency, transition to renewable energy, modernization, and efforts to reduce the financial burdens on low-wealth members