Cities across the United States have leapfrogged towards establishing strong commitments towards 100% clean, renewable energy. It is reported that over 50 cities and towns in the United States have made the transition to 100% renewable energy sources including solar power and wind. Recently, the Truckee, California Town Council, the City of Goleta (California), and Buncombe County (North Carolina) have set similar goals to transition to clean electricity by 2030.
Paula Perotte, the Goleta Mayor stated that she was proud that Goleta had adopted the energy goal. Meanwhile, five cities including Burlington (VT), Greensburg (KS), and Kodiak Island (AK), have reportedly already achieved their targets.
Clean energy commitments have been creating new waves and this will pave the future of energy in communities across the country. The Sierra Club environmental organization’s Ready For 100 campaign has published a new report, in which 10 U.S. cities including Atlanta (GA), Madison (WI), Pueblo (CO), and more have been highlighted. The report presents the steps taken by the communities towards achieving their 100% clean, renewable energy goals.
Meanwhile, Jodie Van Horn, Director of the Ready For 100 campaign said in a statement that local leaders in cities and towns would move the country forward in a transition towards 100% clean, renewable energy, even as the Trump Administration turned its back on clean air and water. He added that it was vital to work towards ensuring that everyone benefits in the switch to cleaner and healthier sources of energy. And, Jenny Hatch, Executive Director of the Sierra Nevada Alliance stated that Truckee recognized the impacts on the local economy and the environment.
A statement issued by Salt Lake City Mayor, Jackie Biskupski, a Co-Chair of Mayors for 100% Clean Energy, stated that cities that made the investment today towards protecting their environment, were positioning themselves to be the social and economic powerhouses of tomorrow.