On Wednesday, the city of Boulder, Colorado announced that it plans to commit to being 100 percent powered by renewable energy by the the year 2030.
The commitment to go green covers electricity only. Some vehicles will still be powered by fossil fuels. In the United States, electricity is the number one generator of greenhouse gasses, which accounted for 30 percent of total green house gas emissions in 2014.
Boulder Mayor, Suzanne Jones, told a local CBS station:
‘Boulder is committed to achieving 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030, as a part of our strategy to achieve 80 percent greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2050.’
By successfully transitioning to 100 percent renewably generated electricity, Boulder would join Aspen, Colorado and become the second Colorado city to successfully make the change. Only 3 cities in the United States; Aspen, Burlington, Vermont, and Greensburg, Kansas, currently obtain 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. The Boulder City Council strongly supported the decision to go green.
Environmental groups believe that it is a viable endeavor for the majority of U.S. cities to join cities like Boulder in making the transition to 100 percent renewable energy and point out the fact that cities like San Diego, whose mayor is Republican, can make a bipartisan effort to go green. San Diego committed to using 100 percent renewable energy last December. Renewable energy is good for the planet, good for the country, and has no political party.
The Sierra Club launched a campaign called #ReadyFor100, in hopes that they will encourage other cities across the United States, along with corporations and universities, to join in and make the pledge to transition to 100 percent renewable energy.
It might seem like an impossible goal, but experts insist that the example of these cities that have already committed 100 percent renewable energy will be a huge step forward in breaking down the barriers and calming the fears of cities that haven’t gotten there yet.
Senior energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Joyce McLaren, who helped Aspen during their transition told ThinkProgress:
‘The idea that, “Yes we can do it, it is possible,” is growing.’
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