Against the backdrop of global climate change, “energy equity” translates into the fair distribution of benefits and burdens from energy production and consumption. Utilized as a framework for mobilizing advocacy around energy equity issues, Just Energy represents an equity ecosystem of frontline communities, subject-matter experts, houses of worship, youth movements and academia organizing together to engage marginalized communities and communities of color about the sourcing and commodification of power generation in Georgia. While unfamiliar to many residents, those policies significantly impact household economic stability and impinge upon the overall quality of air, water and other natural resources that affect our
health and well-being.
How do we advance Just Energy?
PSE advances its work through an Equity Ecosystem to grow the momentum for change. The Equity Ecosystem uses equity as the lens to propose and pursue just and equitable solutions.
Just Energy Circle – PSE’s Just Energy Circle utilizes the inherent strength of coalitions by convening technical experts, advocates, and community members to vision more equitable energy policy and co-create clean energy solutions that benefit everyone.
Advancing Equity & Opportunity Collaborative – The Advancing Equity & Opportunity (AEO) Collaborative was launched in 2014 when nearly twenty groups came together to build more power in the South. AEO was envisioned as a regional organizing platform that would sustain engagement through collaboration while also advancing core campaign work of the individual organizations. AEO works across eleven states in the South – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
PSE’s organizers work with local-residents to build community-led coalitions that provide a mechanism for relationship building, community-driven solutions development and knowledge-building to mobilizing first-person advocacy around energy equity issues, programs and policy. Currently, PSE has organizers based in/focused on:
- North Atlanta – Cobb EMC service area
- Atlanta – 100% Renewable & Equitable Cities
- Central Georgia – Fort Valley
- Coastal Georgia – Savannah
- College & University – HBCU’s
In order to strengthen our equity ecosystem with first-person advocates, PSE has expanded its energy equity programming to include the Just Energy Academy (JEA). Modeled after PSE’s current community leadership development programs focused on racial equity and equitable development, JEA is a seven-month leadership development program created to educate the next generation of equity leaders who aspire to be energy equity and climate justice leaders in their communities.
Communities are experiencing the negative impacts of inequitable energy policy and are increasingly hungry to speak and act for change. Now more than ever, PSE is committed to the grassroots approach of reaching deeper into these challenged communities for long-term engagement. We will continue to leverage relationships with trusted community leaders and service-providers to help establish political traction in target communities.
Guiding Principles of the Just Energy Circle:
Community engagement is vital for the progression of self-sufficient people and neighborhoods
Access to high-quality energy should be fairly priced for all
Transparency and accountability is a necessity of energy providers
Equity accessibility should be the principal growth model for the American South
All people have a part to play in our emerging green sector economy
The best field and scientific research should be utilized and leveraged to find the best energy solutions
The Just Energy Portfolio Team:
Chandra Farley, Just Energy Director
Driven by a desire to work directly with the people that buildings shelter and serve, Chandra Farley joined the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) as the Just Energy Director. In this role, Chandra develops local and regional strategies to advance energy equity through coalition building, leadership development and community engagement around the equity impacts of the sourcing and commodification of power generation in the American South. While unfamiliar to many residents, those policies significantly impact household income stability and impinge on the overall quality of air, water and other natural resources that affect our health and well-being.
Eriqah R. K. Vincent, Just Energy Portfolio Manager
A proud native of Newark, NJ, Eriqah R. K. Vincent is a 2010 departmental honors graduate of Spelman College with a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Women’s Studies. Currently, Eriqah is the Just Energy Portfolio Manager for the Partnership for Southern Equity. In this position, Eriqah manages all aspects of the PSE’s Just Energy Portfolio including the functionality, programmatic work plan, and successful growth of the Just Energy Circle. Her main personal and professional passion is to provide resources and in-depth leadership development to communities of color including, but not limited to, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, like her beloved alma mater. The goal? To advance the presence of people of color in this movement.
Yuri Owens, Just Energy Portfolio Coordinator
A proud native of Atlanta, Yuri Owens is a 2017 graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Science. Currently, Yuri is the Just Energy Portfolio Coordinator for PSE. In this position, Yuri supports the Just Energy portfolio with logistics, administrative support, and programmatic needs. Yuri has an innate interest for environmental equity, with a strong record of operational and administrative success with the ability to negotiate and problem solve quickly, accurately, and efficiently. He considers himself comfortable in interacting with all levels of the organization and the public, and adept at multitasking to achieve his and the Just Energy team’s goals.
Energy Equity Partners
Center for Sustainable Communities
Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority
Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda
Georgia Community Coalition
Georgia WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions)
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
Nathan Cummings Foundation
Sierra Club – Georgia Chapter
Southeastern Energy Efficiency Alliance
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Southern Environmental Law Center
US Green Building Council- Georgia
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