Public Banking Funds Sustainable Energy

On September 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Oakland’s City Council Chambers, 14th and Broadway, Councilmembers Dan Kalb and Rebecca Kaplan sponsored a great event, organized by us and Local Clean Energy Alliance.

Watch the whole evening here:

Wolfram Morales, Chief Economist for Sparkasse, the association of local public banks in Germany, spoke at some length about the structure of public banks in Germany (hundreds of them!), and the role of these institutions in speeding the development of local renewable resources such as solar and wind.

Joining Wolfram were: Nicolas Chaset, CEO of East Bay Community Energy (Alameda County’s soon-to-launch Community Choice energy program), Greg Rosen, Founder and Principal of High Noon Advisors (member of the East Bay Community Shared Solar Collaborative), and Jessica Tovar, Organizer for East Bay Clean Power Alliance. Pennie Opal Plant of Idle No More SF Bay, spoke at the beginning to remind us  of our debt and obligation to Mother Earth.

 

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