LGSEC acknowledges the collective action taken against systemic racism due to white supremacy that has been occurring for centuries. LGC’s mission is to build livable communities including implementing equitable solutions for Black, Indigenous, and Brown lives. LGSEC, being housed under LGC, stands in support with the Black Lives Matters movement and those fighting for justice.
While not explicit in our mission, LGSEC advocates for low-income and environmental justice communities by advocating for all local governments and their respective communities. We enhance equity outcomes by increasing local government access, influence and control in State and investor-owned utilities (IOU) funding and policies. This has been exemplified in the Regional Energy Network (REN) programs for low-income and hard-to-reach customers.
We aim to run LGSEC from an equity lens, and furthermore, we recognize that regular evaluations are necessary to continually identify hidden biases. LGSEC staff and board members are always working to create an equitable space, and have determined the following solutions to address identified equity barriers:
- Revising our Mission and Vision to incorporate explicit language to advocate for low-income and environmental justice communities
- Allocating sponsorship funds to cover member dues for local governments that cannot afford membership fees, including low-income and hard-to-reach communities, and Tribal Governments
- Creating a Tribal Governments membership category to include Indigenous voices in our regulatory filings. This category would be priced at a significantly lower level to build trust and encourage participation.
We welcome your thoughts and discussion throughout this process, and will keep you informed as we make these updates to our program. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
LGSEC has built the blueprint for California’s energy strategy through the formation of Local Government Partnerships, Regional Energy Networks, and Community Choice Aggregations. Together, we help make sustainable energy and resilience achievable for California’s local governments.
What we do
Shape the Regulatory Agenda
Connect Local Leaders
Develop longterm strategies
Since 2007, LGSEC has played a central role in developing local government programs including Community Choice Aggregation, Local Government Partnerships, and Regional Energy Networks.
LGSEC has played an important role in coordinating and elevating Local Governments interests in California Public Utilities Commission and California Legislative proceedings.
LGSEC creates opportunities for agency staff and officials to network and learn from each other through a member-exclusive portal, quarterly workshops, webinars and a biweekly newsletter.
LGSEC connects leaders in the field, and simplifies communication and collaboration on innovative and effective policies and strategies to help California’s local governments meet their energy and climate goals.