Atlanta pledges to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2035

by Rincey Abraham

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The Atlanta City Council passed a resolution that aims for the city to run 100 percent on clean energy by 2035, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The city government will have a plan by January on how all city buildings will be powered by 100 percent clean energy by 2025, with the rest of the city following in the next decade. Clean energy is defined in the legislation as energy derived from wind, solar, existing and low-impact hydroelectric, geothermal, biogas and wave technology sources.

In a statement from the city, Atlanta Councilman Kwanza Hall said moving to clean energy, like wind and solar power, “will create good jobs, clean up our air and water and lower our residents’ utility bills.”

The Department of Energy reported in January that projects in the energy sector accounted for more than 2 million construction jobs across the country in 2016, or roughly one-third of the industry’s total employment. The energy-efficiency segment made up nearly three-quarters of those jobs.

There are 26 other cities across the United States that have made the commitment to moving toward renewable energy. Atlanta is the first city in Georgia and the largest city in the South to commit to 100 percent clean energy, according to the Sierra Club.