Council Goal Of 100% Renewable Energy May Be Attainable

| December 4, 2019

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The goal is to transition the operations of the City of Greensboro to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, but according to the resolution passed by the City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 3, the city could make a huge step toward reaching that goal before the end of the year. The resolution states, “Achievable goals for transitioning to 100% renewable energy in all city operations by 2040 from any combination of on-site and off-site renewable sources, including but not limited to: solar, wind, hydroelectric, renewable energy certificates (RECs) and green power purchases.” The key is “renewable energy certificates.” These would allow the city to claim it was only buying electricity made from renewable sources. It’s a really clever financial device that would only cost the city money and the city wouldn’t have to change anything except the size of its electric bill. The price of renewable energy certificates fluctuates, and not knowing what the city’s total electric bill is makes it impossible to even estimate the yearly cost.

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