This week, Longmont, Colorado’s City Council voted to approve a resolution committing the community in a shift away from fossil fuels and to transition to 100% clean, renewable electricity by 2030. According to the Sierra Club, the City Council Resolution builds off of Longmont Mayor Brian Bagley’s Proclamation signed in December, establishing a vision for powering the community entirely with clean and renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar energy.
“We thank the Longmont city council and Mayor Bagley for their dedication to create a truly sustainable future, powered by 100% clean, renewable electricity by 2030. As one of the most fracked regions in the nation, it’s exciting to see Longmont made the decision to invest in our health and climate,” said Jim Alexee, Colorado Sierra Club Director
The Colorado Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign is joining Sustainable Resilient Longmont in celebrating Longmont becoming the 55th city in the nation to commit to 100% renewables.
“Now, more than ever, action at the local level is crucial to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and transition to a clean energy future,” added Sustainable Resilient Longmont Board Chair Abby Driscoll.
Longmont’s renewable energy commitment follows a recent PACE Global report by the Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) which studied the feasibility of moving to zero net carbon. Sustainable Resilient Longmont, along with a coalition of partners commissioned subsequent review of a report by Catalyst Coop, which encourages the PRPA to take into account future costs of wind, solar, and electricity storage.
“PRPA is fully aware that the PACE report is conservative. With the renewable investments that PRPA has completed and initiated since commissioning the study, they have already surpassed the parameters of the study. We are confident that PRPA and its four cities will enter a golden age of clean energy together.” said Longmont City Council Member Marcia Martin.
“The longer that we depend on old and dirty energy, the more we put our neighbors at risk for asthma and our neighborhoods at risk for climate caused wildfires and floods,” added State Representative Jonathan Singer. “100% renewable energy by 2030 is achievable and affordable. It’s time we make it inevitable.”