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San Diego: Entirely Renewable Energy in 20 Years

Angie Vorhies charged her electric car in San Diego in 2013. The city has committed to using 100 percent renewable energy, becoming the largest American municipality to do so. Source: The New York Times; Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press

Angie Vorhies charged her electric car in San Diego in 2013. The city has committed to using 100 percent renewable energy, becoming the largest American municipality to do so. Source: The New York Times; Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego is showing that cities can take bold climate action without waiting for national initiatives.

From The New York Times:

“With a unanimous City Council vote, San Diego, the country’s eighth-largest city, became the largest American municipality to transition to using 100 percent renewable energy, including wind and solar power. In the wake of the Paris accord, environmental groups hailed the move as both substantive and symbolic.

“Other big cities, including New York and San Francisco, have said they intend to use more renewable energy, but San Diego is the first of them to make the pledge legally binding. Under the ordinance, it has committed to completing its transition and cutting its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035.

“The steps to get there may include transferring some control of power management to the city from the local utility. Officials said they would also shift half of the city’s fleet to electric vehicles by 2020 and recycle 98 percent of the methane produced by sewage and water treatment plants.”

San Diego’s plan proves that local governments can still take meaningful action against climate change. Municipal action like this also puts pressure on higher levels of government to take action. Furthermore, the plan is a challenge to other cities- what else can cities do to curb the worst impacts of climate change?

Read more from the article here. 

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