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Fueled by the United States’ recent withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, mayors from across the country recently gathered together and adopted resolutions to address climate change. Of these resolutions, one stood out in particular: a shift to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. We at Think Energy would like to cover the entirety of this resolution for our customers, especially those in areas that may be looking toward this shift.
After intentions of withdrawing from the Paris climate deal were announced, over 200 U.S. cities, covering almost a dozen states and hundreds of businesses, came together to announce their continued commitment to the goals of the Paris climate change agreement. This initiative was pushed even further at the United States Conference of Mayors.
Every year, both Republican and Democratic mayors representing cities across the country come together for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. This year’s mayors’ conference was held in Miami Beach on June 26 and represented mayors of 1,408 American cities. Here, the mayors adopted various resolutions geared toward addressing climate change, including their notable support of cities moving toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.
The 100 percent renewable cities resolution calls for renewable energy derived from wind, solar, geothermal and wave technology as well as some forms of biomass. In contrast, the resolution specifically excludes any energy derived from fossil fuels, nuclear, waste-to-energy and large-scale future hydroelectric development. These standards for renewable energy usage were decided upon after carefully evaluating energy sources for sustainability and environmental justice implications.
This resolution acts as an extension of Sierra Club’s previously launched Mayors for 100% Clean Energy campaign. Through this campaign, more than 120 U.S. mayors have signed a pledge stating their goal to shift toward renewable electricity in both their own cities and the United States as a whole. The number of signatures on this pledge continues to grow.
According to Sierra Club, if the cities from the national conference of mayors transitioned to 100 percent renewable energy, electric sector carbon emissions would decrease by more than that of the five most carbon-polluting states in the U.S. combined. Additionally, if these clean targets were accomplished by 2025, carbon pollution reductions in the electric sector would account for 87 to 110 percent of the United States’ remaining reductions needed to fulfill the goals of the Paris climate agreement.
With high hopes of transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy, U.S. mayors are making a strong commitment and statement through their newly formed resolutions. Here at Think Energy, we will continue to keep our customers informed on energy news and recent developments, such as this clean energy resolution.