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Ohio green-energy groups increasingly look to locals in fight against global warming

Feb 13, 2020 4:41 PM

COLUMBUS — "Environmental advocates have been working on the local level for years, finding success in getting cities to commit to getting 100 percent of their energy from renewable sourcesreplacing gas-powered city vehicles with electric cars, and even building their own solar arrays, among other things.

But now, such efforts are becoming more organized with the creation of Power A Clean Future Ohio, which will work to help municipal leaders implement carbon-reduction plans. The new group is backed by organizations such as the Ohio Environmental Council, the Ohio Mayors Alliance, and the Sierra Club’s Ohio chapter.

'Regardless of what the state is doing, there’s just a lot of opportunity for local governments to step in here, and to take a kind of leadership role,' said Joe Flarida, executive director of Power A Clean Future Ohio. 'There’s just kind of a natural fit there and a lot of authority that they have to do things right away, so we’re taking advantage.'"

— Jeremy Pelzer, Cleveland.com

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The biggest municipal solar farm in the US is coming to…Cincinnati?

Feb 13, 2020 4:25 PM

"In 2017, when the Trump administration withdrew from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement—an international treaty that attempted to avert climate catastrophe by cutting global emissions—John Cranley, the Democratic mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, joined other mayors across the country to announce his intention to remain faithful to the agreement’s primary goal of keeping the rise of global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius in this century. Cranley and leaders from from dozens of cities like San Francisco and Chicago even went a step further, promising to work toward a 100 percent transition to clean energy sources, with ambitious deadlines.

So, in 2018, Cincinnati announced its own 2035 mandate for carbon neutrality—the 100th US city to do so—by turning to solar energy. 'I was inspired to [pursue this project] out of anger over Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accords,' Cranley says, describing the frustration he suspects he shared with many other city leaders who made the carbon-neutral pledge.

Cincinnati planned to create the largest municipal-run solar farm in the country, and two years later, it looks like they’ve succeeded. 'This really is a big deal,' says Gregory Wetstone, who heads the American Council on Renewable Energy, an organization that advocates for a transition to renewables in the energy sector. 'Our team could not find anything that competes with it at a municipal level.'"

-- Will Pieschel, Mother Jones

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Lakewood committed to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2025

Feb 13, 2020 3:47 PM

Oct 28, 2019

LAKEWOOD -- "'Earlier this year, council unanimously passed a climate resolution that included our intention to get our city to zero emissions,' Rader said. 'We have also prioritized reducing emissions and increasing efficiency in this year’s budgeting process.'

Added Bullock, 'It’s cost-effective and practical today to use clean energy, as many Fortune 500 companies -- Target, GM, Honda, Procter & Gamble, Amazon, Google -- are doing now. Solar prices have dropped 90 percent in the past decade, and wind costs 70 percent less. So we can improve air quality and public health, and do it affordably.'

Lakewood’s clean energy commitment is tied to the Sierra Club’s national 'Ready For 100' campaign. Ohio Sierra Club Conservation Program Coordinator Chad Stephens called Lakewood’s commitment significant, positioning the city as progressive leaders in the state."

-- John Benson, Cleveland.com

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