Mayor Biskupski a leader in U.S. mayors’ new national drive for 100 percent clean energy

Today, Mayor Jackie Biskupski and a coalition of U.S. mayors joined with the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign in a new effort to engage and recruit mayors to endorse a goal of transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy in cities throughout the country.

The initiative, “Mayors for 100% Clean Energy,” is led by Mayor Biskupski; Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine; Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin; and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. The mayors function as co-chairs of the effort.

Salt Lake City announced its 100 percent goal last July when the Mayor and City Council passed a joint resolution establishing the goals of transitioning the community’s electricity supply to 100 percent clean energy by 2032, followed by an overall reduction of community greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2040.

On April 12, 2017, Salt Lake City released its Climate Positive Plan, which outlines the programs that will help transform and orient the local economy towards meeting those clean energy goals.

Mayor Biskupski has joined the Sierra Club’s Mayors for 100% Clean Energy campaign to highlight the importance of climate action and to showcase the unique ways Salt Lake City is collaborating on this vision, particularly with local utility Rocky Mountain Power.

“Climate change is one of the most challenging issues of our time. Progress depends on collaboration,” said Mayor Biskupski. “I’m looking forward to sharing our example of how that’s working in Salt Lake City, while encouraging other leaders across the country to join with us in this historic commitment.”

In August 2016, the City signed a Cooperation Statement with Rocky Mountain Power, establishing a framework for creating pathways toward the 100 percent renewable electricity goal. This includes development and procurement of large-scale renewable energy projects; energy efficiency programs; the build-out of electric vehicle infrastructure; and progress on smart grids.

Salt Lake City is also working on other fronts to achieve its clean energy goals, including an inter-local feasibility study with Park City and Summit County. The study will independently evaluate opportunities for meeting the 100 percent clean electricity goal community wide. Transportation, energy efficiency, food programs, recycling efforts and other programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are also discussed in Climate Positive.

Ahead of the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Miami Beach in June, today’s launch ofMayors for 100% Clean Energy aims to demonstrate bold local leadership and showcase the depth and breadth of support from city leaders for a complete transition to renewable energy.

“Mayors can lead our nation toward a healthier, stronger and more prosperous country by championing a vision of 100 percent clean, renewable energy in their communities. Cities don't need to wait for Washington, D.C. to act in order to move the ball forward on clean energy,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.

Mayoral leadership has been a powerful driver of action on climate change and clean energy in municipalities across the nation.

With today’s launch of Mayors for 100% Clean Energy, mayoral co-chairs Biskupski, Levine, Benjamin, and Faulconer are further demonstrating their commitment to lead nationally on the shared challenge of reducing climate pollution and through local leadership and action.

To read the first annual report for the Clean Energy Cooperation agreement between Salt Lake City and Rocky Mountain Power, please visit:

http://www.slcgreen.com/rmp-implementation-plan

To learn more about the bipartisan work Mayor Biskupski and more than 80 U.S. mayors are engaged in to address climate change with meaningful action, please visit:

http://www.climate-mayors.org or follow @climatemayors on Twitter.

The Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign is a new national campaign launched in 2016 to accelerate a just and equitable transition to 100 percent clean energy in the United States. Ready for 100 is campaigning to get 100 cities in the United States to move away from dirty, outdated fossil fuels and to commit to 100 percent clean energy. Please visit:

http://www.sierraclub.org/ready-for-100/mayors-for-clean-energy