Green Drinks: Canary Coalition examines utility rate changes as step to sustainable energy future
From Green Drinks: Avram Friedman, Executive Director of the Canary Coalition, will present The Efficient and Affordable Energy Rates Bill: The First Step on the Path to a Sustainable Energy and Economic Future, at Posana Cafe in downtown Asheville, on Feb. 9. Socializing begins at 6:30, program to start at 7:00.
In a nutshell, inverted utility rate structures work to significantly reduce energy consumption, as proven by the experience of numerous other states where this method has been adopted. Basically it means that rates increase as consumption increases, an ‘inversion’ of the current system. In our presentation we will explain how and why: (1.) An inverted utility rate restructure provides powerful economic incentives for all electrical consumers to invest in energy efficiency and conservation, replacing the need to construct and operate new polluting power plants in our state. (2.) Investment in energy efficiency brings higher profit to all businesses and industries as it lowers energy bills for all residents and commercial ratepayers. (3.) Energy efficiency brings better health to all residents and to our environment. (4.) The resulting transformation to a more energy efficient norm will bring new industries and jobs to our state.
About the Presenter: Avram Friedman is one of the founders and the current Executive Director of the Canary Coalition. He has been a successful social and environmental activist since the 1960s. Among his accomplishments is shared responsibility for the introduction and passage of the NC Clean Smokestacks Act in 2002, defeating the Woodfin Power Plant in 2007, introduction and passage of a referendum to stop a High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository from being located in North Carolina in 1986, and introducing and passing the first anti-nuclear power referendum in the nation in Oregon in 1980.
Currently Avram and the Canary Coalition are conducting a campaign in North Carolina to legislate an inverted utility rate structure that could result in dramatic reductions in energy consumption, phasing out polluting coal-burning and nuclear power plants and kick-starting renewable energy industries. This presentation at Green Drinks will explain the proposal and tell people how they can get involved in this most important and impactful campaign.
Asheville Green Drinks is a networking party and part of the self-organizing global grassroots movement to connect communities with environmental ideas, media and action. People who are interested in environmental issues and topics meet up for a drink and occasionally listen to an expert in environment, ecology, and social justice. Asheville Green Drinks is a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network. These events are fun and worthwhile as many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity.