The challenge facing human civilization is sobering. But the challenge appears more manageable when it is connected to a narrative that is prepared to confront existing ownership relations. The struggle for democratic control of energy (and other key sectors) is today crucial for many reasons. Achieving such control over energy production, distribution, and use is a means (but not the only means) to confront the expansionist dynamics of the political economy while at the same time reconfiguring our approach to defining and meeting human needs on the basis of a more equitable distribution of wealth and a qualitative extension of democratic control over major economic decisions.
Energy systems controlled by ordinary people in partnership with well-run and accountable public agencies have the potential to manage and reduce energy demand for certain economic activities while providing electrical power to everyone for basic needs and truly sustainable forms and levels of human and social development.I recommend that you view the following 5:26m video by them (via YouTube) entitled "This Is What Energy Democracy Looks Like":