Energy as a democracy and communty engagement issue in Worcester
Renewable Energy Worcester is a Community Energy Cooperative run by Co-op Power members in Worcester County, MA to organize and advance the goals of energy justice and community resilience.
RENEW was formed in 2016 following a successful community energy forum that brought residents from three different language communities into the conversation about where energy comes from and why it matters and introduced participants to local initiatives for a clean energy system.
RENEW centers energy on democracy in its outreach and community engagement. It strives to develop projects that will bring energy independence to its community while providing living-wage jobs to community residents.
In its first solar project, RENEW focused on nonprofit and low-income residents in collaboration with Resonant Energy and Co-op Power.