Written by Mayors Steve Benjamin, Jackie Biskupski,
London Breed, and Kevin Faulconer, Next City OP-ED
Over the past few years, 100 cities and towns across the country — like those we represent: Columbia, S.C.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Diego and San Francisco, Calif. — have committed to power our cities on 100 percent clean, renewable energy like solar and wind. Local communities are leading a national movement toward cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable sources of energy, and at the same time demonstrating there is widespread bipartisan support for modernizing our nation’s energy supply.
Roughly 1 in 7 people — 15 percent of the U.S. population — now lives in a place that is making the transition to 100 percent renewable energy. Big cities like Atlanta and Denver and small towns like Abita Springs, La., and Hanover, N.H. — as well as the entire state of California — share this common purpose. In fact, Republican-led Georgetown, Texas, and five other cities are already running on 100 percent clean energy. Read more here.
Sierra Club Photo: Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina is one of the national co-chairs of the Sierra Club’s Mayors for 100% Clean Energy Initiative.
MORE 100% NEWS
Belfast, Maine mayor joins U.S. officials demanding reduction of fossil fuel usage, Penobscot Bay Pilot. Mayor Samantha Paradis joined with more than 300 mayors, state representatives, and elected officials from 40 states in releasing a letter today calling for a nationwide plan to phase out the production and use of fossil fuels and to ramp up renewable energy as part of a green new deal approach to energy and efficiency.
- New York Governor Cuomo calls for 100% carbon-neutral electricity by 2040 via Green New Deal, PV Magazine. Cuomo is stealing the Sunrise Movement’s thunder, and could one-up California.
- SEIA Praises Governor Cuomo for Pledging 100 Percent Clean Electricity Goal for New York,
SEIA News Release
- Chicago Coalition Gets Ready For 100 Percent Renewable Energy: A Q&A With Sierra Club Illinois’ Kyra Woods, Medill News Service
- Apple Plans $1 Billion Austin Campus Powered by Renewables, Energy Manager Today
Apple is planning to expand the company’s operations in Austin, Texas, including investing $1 billion in a new North Austin campus. The 133-acre campus for an initial 5,000 additional employees will be powered by 100% renewable energy, the tech giant said.
As 1000+ Institutions Divest, New York State Comptroller DiNapoli Keeps Negotiating With ExxonMobil, 350.Org News Release, Common Dreams
ALSO IN THE NEWS
- ‘Solar for Good:’ Wisconsin nonprofits and churches land solar energy grants, Milwaukee Journal Star
Wisconsin nonprofits, including churches and schools, are getting $445,000 in solar-power grants for projects aimed at promoting clean energy and reducing electric costs. Altogether, the 36 grants from RENEW Wisconsin are expected to result in more than $4.5 million in new solar investments, according to the Madison-based nonprofit that supports solar power, wind power, biogas, geothermal systems and electric vehicles.
- Iowa Co-op Embraces Both Solar And Wind Power, Solar Industry Magazine
- Western Colorado cities expect big savings from solar power, Wyoming News
- Texas muni signs cheap solar contract ‘below $25/MWh’, Utility Dive
A Texas municipal utility last week announced a new power purchase agreement for 255 MW of solar energy at less than $25/MWh, one of the nation’s cheapest ever solar deals.
- As California looks to power shut-offs to prevent fires, Sunrun touts microgrids, Utility Dive
- Department of Energy Announces $100 Million Energy-Water Desalination Hub to Provide Secure and Affordable Water, News Release
ELECTRIC VEHICLES & GRID STORAGE
How more EVs on the road can advance a renewable grid, PV Magazine
There’s an alternative future on the horizon, where instead of just drawing power from the grid, electric vehicles become a mobile grid storage resource, with drivers and utilities both reaping the benefits while providing clean power. The author, James Kennedy, engineering director and co-founder of Tritium, runs the company’s research and development team.