Michiganders Tuesday re-elected Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, and put a pro-environment majority in control of the state Legislature, with Democrats winning House and Senate majorities.
This afternoon, the County Council of Pinellas unanimously passed a resolution committing the county to transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy for the entire community by 2050 and for county operations by 2040. Pinellas became the first county in Florida to make this commitment.
The Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club endorsed Our Power’s groundbreaking effort to put power back in people’s hands by creating a statewide, consumer-owned utility (COU). The 2022 ballot referendum would create The Pine Tree Power Company, a locally-owned, not-for-profit electric utility for parts of Maine currently served by Central Maine Power (CMP) and Versant.
Los Angeles celebrates the approval of plans to transition to 100% clean energy by 2035 and ensure good jobs for the new clean energy economy.
On May 19, the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners passed a resolution establishing a goal of 100 percent clean, renewable energy.
Today, the Dayton City Commission passed a resolution establishing a goal of powering their city with one hundred percent clean, renewable energy. The specifics of the resolution include securing or purchasing one hundred percent renewable energy for municipal electricity consumption by 2035, community-wide electricity supply by 2040, and all energy-use sectors including transportation by 2050.
Today, the City of LA released the long-awaited LA100 study, which lays out four detailed paths for the City to achieve 100% clean energy as soon as 2035 (and 98% by 2030). Back in 2016, when the City Council directed the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to study the equitable transition away from fossil fuels, LA was one of only 17 cities in the country that had committed to achieving clean energy. Now the number of US cities committed to 100% clean energy is above 170, and LA is the first to take this next important step toward following through on their commitment.
This afternoon, the Board of Directors for Seattle Public Schools voted unanimously to pass a resolution committing the School District to transition to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2040, which requires eliminating all use of fossil fuels in district electricity, heating, cooling, cooking, and transportation. The resolution, initiated by Board Directors Zachary DeWolf and Lisa Rivera-Smith, and developed in partnership with a coalition of students, educators, parents, and community groups, is the first of its kind passed by a school district in Washington state.
DES MOINES, IA— Yesterday evening, the Des Moines City Council unanimously passed a resolution establishing a goal of 100%, 24/7 carbon-free electricity community-wide by 2035. Des Moines is the first city in Iowa to commit to this kind of goal, but many major cities in the midwest have pledged 100% renewable already, including Chicago, Minneapolis, and Kansas City. Mayor Frank Crownie introduced the resolution where it was supported by Councilman Josh Mandelbaum. Councilman Mandelbaum identified the need for this commitment to support renewable energy generation in Iowa as well as his hopes for other communities in the state to take up their own planning toward 100% clean energy. Des Moines’ clean energy commitment comes as the Iowa state legislature convenes this week in the capital city.
COLUMBUS, OH— With overwhelming bipartisan support, Columbus and Grove City residents voted in favor of community choice aggregation (CCA), allowing their city to obtain bulk quantities of clean, renewable energy at a lower price.
OUC announced today that they would stop burning coal for power by 2027 and would get 92% of their energy from renewable sources by 2050
On Monday, Columbus City Council approved a ballot measure to set up a Community Choice Aggregation program, which would allow the city to be powered by 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2022. The initiative will be the city’s ballot in November, allowing voters to decide whether Columbus should pursue Community Choice Aggregation, a program that allows local governments to negotiate for and purchase energy on behalf of their residents.