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Protecting Our Energy

Empowering Black + Brown Women + Non-binary folx

to stand up for energy justice

The Protecting our Energy Project works to educate, engage, and empower Black and Brown women and non-binary individuals to become more aware of the impacts of energy burden and how we can lower our energy bills, engage in Georgia’s Rate Case, and feel empowered to advocate for clean energy initiatives that prioritize the needs of low-income Black and Brown communities.

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So, What Is This?

GPE is hosting a 3-part workshop series for Black and Brown women + non-binary folx across metro Atlanta to learn about and get engaged in Georgia's Rate Case. Under Georgia law, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has full authority to determine just and reasonable rates and charges for our utility bills. The rate case only happens every 3 years! This year, Georgia Power is proposing a 12% increase in our utility bills (that's an extra $200/year)! We're in the middle of a recession! Can you afford an increase in you energy bill? We can fight this increase. If you are just as concerned as we are, apply to participate in the workshop series. 

More Details about the Program

Who Is It For?

  • Black and Brown women and non-binary folx

  • Must live in Atlanta (metro Atlanta is okay)

 

A note on terminology: Women and Non-binary folx includes cisgender women, transgender women, femme/feminine-identifying, genderqueer and non-binary people. Black and Brown refers to non-White individuals which may include Black, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latino/a/x, Asian Indian, or bi-racial.

 

Participants will receive: 

  • A stipend (between $100-$250) to help off set your next utility bill

  • The opportunity to learn from amazing Black and Brown leaders in energy justice

  • Access to resources and effective strategies to uplift your advocacy work and #StopGAPower

  • GPE Swag bags and free lunch at each workshop

 

Applications responses should take no longer than 20 minutes and the application will close on Friday October 7th, 2022. Accepted applicants will be announced the week of Monday October 10th. To apply, please complete the questions below in its entirety.

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Did you know that Black Americans, Latinx, and Low Income individuals pay the most of their overall income on their energy bills? That's called "energy burden" and it's an issue Girl Plus Environment is tackling head on with our Protecting Our Energy project. 

This in person series will help metro- Atlanta residents work to reduce their energy burden and prevent Georgia Power from raising our bills. Be sure to hit up @girlplusenvironment to see how you can plug in! 

#protectingourenery #dontraisemybill

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Can't Join Us in Person? Check This Out!

Did you know Atlanta is one of the top 5 energy burdened cities in the U.S.? Click the link above to discover more.

Reducing energy burden requires a mixture of individual and systemic changes. One systemic way is through renewable infrastructure. Click the link to check out more.

The Sierra Club lays out their campaign to get Georgia to turn away from Coal Energy

The American Council for Energy Efficient Economy breaks down what Energy Burden looks like across low income families in major cities in the U.S.

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