Leading City News

  • What Would It Mean for Los Angeles to Go 100 Percent Renewable?
    Oct 27, 2016 - Irene Burga - renewableenergyworld.com

    The Los Angeles City Council recently passed a unanimous resolution requiring Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) — the largest municipally-owned utility in the country — to study how the city can achieve a 100 percent clean energy future. With help from research partners, including academic institutions, the U.S. Department of Energy, and environmental and consumer groups, the study has the potential to become a foundational road map for running the utility on only clean and renewable energy.
     
  • Reykjavik: the geothermal city that aims to go carbon neutral
    Oct 3, 2016 - Senay Boztas - theguardian.com

    Icelandic capital plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2040 by reversing urban sprawl and promoting walking, cycling and public transport.  The city already has a head-start thanks to its reliance on geothermal energy.  Reykjavík used to be marketed as a place of “pure energy”, run on geothermal power – and now Iceland’s capital is trying to become the world’s first carbon neutral city.
     
  • Cities rush to measure climate footprint after Paris deal
    Aug 4, 2016 - Megan Rowling/Katie Nguyen - reuters.com

    The number of cities reporting on their efforts to tackle global warming has risen 70 percent to 533 around the world since the adoption of the Paris climate change agreement in 2015, the group collecting the data said.  The cities-which provide annual information on their planet-warming emissions, the climate hazards they face, renewable energy targets, risks to their water supply and other environmental aspects-now represent 621 million citizens globally, CDP said on Thursday.
     
  • Salt Lake City Makes Historic Commitment to 100% Renewables by 2032
    Jul 14, 2016 - Katie Pohlman - ecowatch.com

    Salt Lake City announced Wednesday its commitment to transition to 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2032. The city also plans to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2040.  City officials also stated in the resolution that changes in water systems and extreme-weather events are affecting Salt Lake City now and will be exacerbated in the future, according to North America Wind Power.
     
  • Del Mar adopts Climate Action Plan
    Jun 8, 2016 - Deborah Sullivan Brennan - sandiegouniontribune.com

    Del Mar became the second city in the county to declare its goal of switching exclusively to renewable energy by 2035, according to a climate action approved Monday by the city council.  Nicole Capretz, executive director of the Climate Action Campaign watchdog group, said Del Mar’s adoption of a clean energy target builds on the example set by San Diego last year, and creates momentum for a regional push toward that goal.
     
  • More cities-of all sizes-taking the plunge to use 100% renewable energy
    May 13, 2016 - Jodi Gralnick - cnbc.com

    Switching to renewables is a growing trend among towns, cities and states in the U.S. But while most are aiming to be 20 percent, 30 percent or 50 percent renewable by a given date, East Hampton is one of a handful of municipalities going all-in.  Aspen, Colorado; Burlington, Vermont; and Greensburg, Kansas, have already proven it can be done.
     
  • San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco pledge to go with 100% renewable energy
    May 9, 2016 - Lucas Mearian - computerworld.com

    San Jose, California's third-largest city, also plans to go all-renewable by 2022, according to the California-based Renewables 100 Policy Institute, which helps promote renewable energy transition projects.   Both San Francisco and Lancaster plan to reach their 100% renewable energy goal by 2020.
     
  • 10 cities aiming for 100 percent clean energy
    Jan 12, 2015 - Sami Glover - mnn.com

    As I recently reported over at TreeHugger, a new grassroots movement has launched petitions in hundreds of cities across the world calling for a transition to 100 percent renewable energy/zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. While this may have sounded like wishful thinking a few short years ago, these activists are actually building on a growing number of communities that have already taken such pledges — and some who appear to have achieved them.