Solar initiatives are spreading across the nation. A couple months ago, California passed a mandate requiring all new homes built in California to include solar panels starting in 2020. Colorado is the latest state among many to join the renewable energy trend.
Mayor Michael Hancock of the city of Denver, CO Michael Hancock last week unveiled the City of Denver’s 80×50 Climate Action Plan. Its stated goal is to transition Denver to 100% clean, renewable electricity by the year 2030. This would make Denver the 73rd city in the U.S. to commit to 100% clean electricity, joining nine other Colorado communities which have also adopted the clean energy objective.
"We're going to lead by example by moving our city facilities to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2025," said Hancock, who announced Denver’s commitment to 100% clean energy during his State of the City address last Monday. “Climate change threatens our people directly, putting our health, environment, and economy—our very way of life—at risk.”
Additional initiatives for Denver include the electric vehicle market, energy efficiency, and renewable energy usage. A new goal for the city is to cut energy consumption in single-family homes by 20 percent by 2035 and encourage residents to utilize incentives offered by utility Xcel Energy and Denver programs.
"I know those are bold, aspirational goals, and I know cost and technology will determine how we get there," the mayor continued. "But we must act, and I'm grateful for our partnership with Xcel Energy, the nation's leading utility when it comes to reducing emissions and building a path toward a clean energy future."
Jim Alexee, the director of the Colorado chapter of the Sierra Club, predicted that these commitments would benefit the state of Colorado as a whole.
“This is a huge victory for Colorado,” said Jim Alexee, “We are currently witnessing the catastrophic effects of climate change, illustrated by statewide droughts that are drying our rivers and sparking massive wildfires. With a commitment to 100% clean energy, our capital city is demonstrating that it is taking serious action on these issues.”
In addition to the goal of powering all electricity in Denver entirely with clean, renewable energy by 2030, the city is expecting to optimize energy efficiency in buildings including adopting net-zero building code for new construction by 2035.
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by Ged Friedman