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Another Florida city sets goal of getting to 100 percent clean energy

By: - February 22, 2019 9:00 am

Another Florida city sets goal of getting to 100 percent clean energy

Tallahassee, the Sunshine State’s capital city, has become the seventh city in Florida to commit to powering itself with 100 percent clean, renewable energy by the middle of the 21stCentury.

The Tallahassee City Commission unanimously approved a resolution this week setting a goal of powering the city’s own operations with renewable sources like wind and solar by 2035, and community wide by 2050.

The resolution also sets a goal of 100 percent clean transit with an electrified city vehicle fleet by 2035.

Six other Florida cities have previously committed to a 100 percent clean energy goal: Gainesville, Orlando, Sarasota and three cities in Pinellas County –  St. Petersburg, Largo and Dunedin.

“We’re excited to see this resolution passed! It has been a process of building consensus amongst several organizations and individuals who have come together out of concern for our community and our earth,” said Kim Ross, executive director of ReThink Florida, part of the Tally35 coalition which rallied for the passage of the resolution. “Climate change is here, and the actions we take today as a community will help mitigate the severe consequences that are predicted in the future.”

Twenty-nine states have established renewable energy goals, and eight others have set voluntary goals, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.Hawaii and California are the two only states which have committed to setting a statewide goals of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2045.

Florida has lagged in its state policy,  which is why climate change advocates are hailing the fact that local communities are leading the effort to reduce carbon emissions.  Nationwide, 108 cities nationwide have adopted 100 percent clean-energy goals for the coming decades, according to the Sierra Club.

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Mitch Perry
Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has spent the past 18 years covering news and politics in the Sunshine State, most recently with He worked for five years as the political editor of Creative Loafing in Tampa, and before that he was the assistant news director at WMNF radio, where he served as creator/anchor/producer of the hour-long WMNF Evening News. A San Francisco native, Mitch began his career at KPFA Radio in Berkeley in the 1990's.