Santa Barbara Listed in Top 10 Cities Moving to 100% Clean Energy
By edhat staff
In a new report released by the Sierra Club, ten U.S. cities have been identified for making ambitious commitments to be powered with 100% clean renewable energy such as wind and solar.
As the Global Climate Action Summit is scheduled for this month September, more than 75 U.S. cities have now committed to transition to 100 percent clean energy and at least six U.S. cities have already achieved 100 percent clean energy and are powered today with entirely renewable sources, reports the Sierra Club.
"We're thrilled that Santa Barbara was one of the cities chosen to be profiled in this year's report and with the progress made since Santa Barbara set a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 a year ago. Since then, Santa Barbara voted to start a community choice energy program to put the goal in action, the number of cities making this commitment in the U.S. has more than doubled, and the California Assembly just passed SB100, a bill setting a 100 percent statewide goal that is headed to the governor for a signature,” said Katie Davis, chair of the Santa Barbara Sierra Club Group. "At the same time, we have also gone through some traumatic climate change-related disasters that have underscored the urgency of transitioning off of fossil fuels."
This is the third annual case study report from "Ready For 100," a Sierra Club campaign launched in 2016 working in cities across the United States to accelerate a just and equitable transition to 100% clean energy.
The cities profiled in this year’s report include:
- Columbia, South Carolina
- Concord, New Hampshire
- Denton, Texas
- Denver, Colorado
- Fayetteville, Arkansas
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Norman, Oklahoma
- Orlando, Florida
- Santa Barbara, California
- St. Louis, Missouri
“As leaders from around the world gather in San Francisco this week for the Global Climate Action Summit, one need only look at America’s cities to see how local leadership is having a global impact,” said Jodie Van Horn, Director of the Sierra Club’s Ready For 100 campaign. “Cities are taking meaningful steps to realize a vision for healthy, vibrant, and more equitable communities powered with 100% clean energy. A transition to 100% clean energy is within reach, and together we can create a new energy economy that transforms not only how we power our country but also who has power to decide what’s best for our communities.”
The full report is available here.