What Good are City Clean-Energy Targets?

Written by Rocky Mountain Institute

In the absence of federal action, the US has seen a groundswell of local efforts and leadership in the fight against climate change. In addition to various states and corporations, many cities in the US have committed to power their own operations with renewable energy. In fact, 132 US cities and counties have gone even further and set 100 percent clean energy goals for their communities. While these goals are commendable, recent media articles covering this trend have raised several important questions, such as:

Does setting a clean energy goal with a far-off deadline achieve anything meaningful today? How can

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By Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. We are an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit cofounded in 1982 by Amory Lovins, RMI’s chairman emeritus and chief scientist. RMI now has approximately 170 full-time staff, annual operations of $35 million, and a global reach and reputation. In 2014, Carbon War Room merged with and now operates as part of RMI.

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