As the environmental (or sustainability) advisors to the Board of Commissioners, we have a responsibility to explore and consider any opportunities that will improve our community's carbon footprint, air quality and public health. A transition to using clean renewable energy is a real step in that direction. A plan to get to 100% renewable energy - covering electricity, heating and transportation - is a huge win for everyone concerned.
We recommend setting a goal to transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2035, and other sources by 2050, and taking steps to achieve that goal through collaborative regional energy planning that defines opportunities for switching to energy from the sun, wind, water, geothermal and biomass over the next several decades. We believe that these goals can be achieved in a fair and equitable manner without
significantly increasing our energy expenditures beyond what our community is spending today. We believe that through energy efficiency opportunities within our municipal facilities we can pay for the costs of energy planning and work with neighboring municipalities to realize competitive energy pricing through aggregated purchasing of electricity and materials.