This publish is the third in a sequence celebrating the accomplishments of all of the superb folks supporting RenewTN because the marketing campaign started a 12 months in the past. RenewTN goals to scale back energy invoice burdens for Tennesseans most in want; enable solar energy to flourish; and put the “public” again in public power. You can discover different articles in the sequence here.
Over the previous 12 months, volunteers have jumped into management on the #RenewTN marketing campaign in Nashville, serving to set up new objectives in metropolis coverage and bringing folks collectively to type a imaginative and prescient for energy democracy at TVA.
Bringing the noise to metropolis council
Earlier in the spring, Metro Nashville Councilman Freddie O’Connnell launched a trio of bills involving energy utilization. I knew straight away we wanted to get group help for them to move.
I used to be new to Nashville, however met Colin Martin and Katie Breifes, who additionally had been new to town and invested in preventing the pressing disaster of climate change. We received collectively to strategize on greatest choices to make use of, then took these concepts and went to work.
We had been actually in group training. So, utilizing the data that I shared with them to show different residents about our relationship with our utility firms like Nashville Electric Service (NES), we received began. We took petition enroll sheets, discovered individuals who had been obsessed with energy points and invited them to town council assembly. We used our database to cellphone our neighbors and have interaction them in the trouble.
As a outcome, we had been part of the bigger workforce that received 85+ folks to point out up in green clothes on the night time of the second council vote!
Eventually, Nashville Metro Council passed the bills to advance clear energy. BL 2019-1598 would require that the Metro authorities fleet shall be zero-emission automobiles by the 12 months 2050. BL 2019-1599 will retrofit a few of Metro owned buildings to decrease every constructing’s energy utilization. BL 2019-1600 establishes a renewable energy commonplace for the Metro authorities, and mandates Metro authorities energy utilization to be 100% carbon-free by 2040.
This brings us one step nearer to reaching the objectives of the RenewTN marketing campaign. This win is the results of a mixture of native environmental teams and grassroots organizing by volunteers. Our objective to fill the room with folks sporting green was rooted in the notion that individuals of all races, ages, and districts making the trouble to assemble on a college night time would stress council members to help the payments. Our assumption was appropriate. Without these volunteers, none of this is able to have been potential.
Energy democracy at TVA
Just final week, one other indicator of progress in our struggle for clear energy was our involvement with the Energy Democracy Road tour cease in Nashville. There had been about 50 folks in the room, together with SACE volunteers, studying the historical past of TVA and envisioning easy methods to “put the ‘public’ back in public power.” The range in the group made for wealthy dialog in breakout classes. Since SACE was a co-host, I received to take the ground and allow everybody to share our current successes round Tennessee.
To be taught extra in regards to the tour, click on here.
Are you the following #RenewTN famous person volunteer? Wherever you’re in Tennessee, be part of us at RenewTN.org!