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Pinellas county town of Safety Harbor becomes the latest Florida community to pledge to 100% clean energy goal

By: - June 19, 2019 10:44 am

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The City Commission of Safety Harbor voted unanimously this week to be the ninth Florida city pledging a goal of  100 percent clean, renewable energy. The Commission approved a resolution to eliminate fossil fuels for town operations by 2035, and for everyone in the community by 2050.

The campaign to get local governments to commit to a clean energy portfolio that eschews the use of fossil fuels is led by the Sierra Club, and now includes over 120 cities in the U.S. Six of those cities, including Burlington, Vermont and Boulder, Colorado, now generate 100 percent of the energy used community-wide from clean and renewable sources.

Of the nine cities that have approved such goals in Florida, four are in Pinellas County. They include St. Petersburg, Largo, Dunedin and now Safety Harbor. Tallahassee, Orlando, Sarasota, Gainesville and South Miami have also made the commitment.

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

Florida has not established any such goals.

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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.