Friday, September 22, 2017
US cities are leading the climate effort
Absent the Federal Government's support, US cities are moving ahead anyway on climate actions. Thank you, Steve Schliebs, for providing these examples:
Moab Ut, “Congratulations, Moab! Your City Council just voted to make you one of the first cities in the nation to run all of its domestic, commercial and government buildings on 100 percent renewable energy. With time, your resolution will help your community cut its total greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent.”
Santa Fe NM, “Mayor Javier Gonzales wants a study of whether Santa Fe can power all municipal facilities with renewable energy by 2025, a step toward sustainability that would build on previous city moves toward carbon-neutrality and reduced energy consumption in coming years." http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/mayor-sets-sights-on-percent-clean-energy-future/article_9da01afc-3d3f-5adf-a8c6-230e5bbefceb.html
Boulder Co, " Last night, the Boulder City Council approved a measure to transition to 100 percent clean, renewable electricity by 2030. The Council considered the move as a major step toward reaching the city’s longer-term goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050." http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-12-07/climate-change-air-quality/boulder-city-council-approves-100-percent-clean-electricity-by-2030/a55278-1
And here’s an article about Solar Ready Roof in the San Jose Mercury News:
“Home and building owners will not be required to install solar panels, but if they choose to do so, their roof will be ready.”
BERGEN – A commitment to cut costs and reduce energy consumption has earned the village of Bergen the designation as a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
According to Mayor Anna Marie Barclay, the designation recognizes Bergen’s leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.http://www.thedailynewsonline.com/bdn01/bergen-recognized-as-clean-energy-community-20170912
Solar Central Wisconsin, a partnership between Mid-State Technical College, the city of Stevens Point, the city of Wisconsin Rapids, and the MREA, helps Wisconsin home and business owners take advantage of lowered prices for solar energy systems.https://www.hubcitytimes.com/2017/09/10/solar-central-wisconsin-marshfield-information-session/
In addition to being a Climate Smart Community and having a climate commission, the city has a Climate Action Plan and was also named a “Clean Energy Community.”
“I think it’s very, very important in this day and time, with the way things are going in the country, that we show support for this because it’s part of the future,” Alderwoman Nina Dawson, D-Ward 4, said of the resolution. “We’re looking ahead.”
Glen Falls, NY
GLENS FALLS — A new electric car charging station scheduled to be installed on Saturday will allow the city to complete its $50,000 grant application for sustainability projects.
The six-bay electric-vehicle charging station is going in at the city’s Park Street parking garage according to Jeff Flagg, a resident who is a member of the special projects committee working on issues to reduce energy costs and help the environment.http://poststar.com/news/local/electric-car-charging-station-being-installed-at-parking-garage/article_cfe803ed-b93e-5b5c-8571-b9f5171dde4a.html
Pleasanton is one of two cities in Alameda County that has not signed up to participate in the East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) program.
EBCE, a joint powers agreement to operate a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program was established in December by Alameda County. A CCA allows local governments and some special districts to pool (or aggregate) their electricity load in order to purchase and/or develop power on behalf of residents, businesses, and municipal accounts.
Goals of the program are to promote renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide energy at a lower rate.http://www.independentnews.com/news/pleasanton-residents-urged-to-ask-council-to-join-energy-group/article_172407d4-9353-11e7-9fa7-cb9d1dc3ebb0.html
Traverse City, Mi
TRAVERSE CITY — Meeting a self-imposed goal of powering Traverse City's municipal operations with renewable energy by 2020 will require a yardstick of sorts to measure the city's progress.That's one of several tasks on which the city's "Green Team" is working, said team member and SEEDS Executive Director Sarna Salzman. The 14-member advisory board is also considering a strategy to meet that goal, and invited representatives from other Michigan cities that have pursued environmentally friendly approaches since its formation in December; city commissioners created the team at the same time they adopted the renewable energy goal.http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/green-team-works-on-earth-friendly-goals/article_ae5bfd36-64c9-5740-aa86-236f24c209e5.html
On Tuesday, the Nederland, Colo., city council unanimously voted to power Nederland with 100% clean, renewable energy by 2025. The vote came shortly after the cities of Orlando, Fla., and Nevada City, Calif., established similar goals last week.https://solarindustrymag.com/colorado-community-adopts-100-renewables-goal
King City, Ca
By Steve Adams, City Manager, King City
The City Council recently took the first step in an effort that could potentially make King City a future leader of local clean energy production. A contract was approved with Pilot Power Group, Inc. to prepare the feasibility and technical analysis needed to determine the likelihood of success of forming the City’s own Congregated Choice Aggregation Program (CCA).
With the national leadership denying climate science, and the state not moving on a carbon cap, our city council recently took local action to deal with the growing climate crisis. Thank you, Mayor Chuck Bennett and the Salem City Council for voting unanimously to add an Environmental Action Plan to the city goals.
Town Manager Julia Griffin on Tuesday said the board’s stance was a natural offshoot of its past support for ambitious renewable-energy goals for the town. The board and residents at this year’s Town Meeting voted to commit Hanover to attaining 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, with all other energy sectors to follow by 2050.