What it's about:
Cities across the United States are joining forces to buy renewables in a bid to bolster green energy initiatives.
The mayor of Boston, Martin J. Walsh, will announce the partnership ahead of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual meeting in June, the Boston Globe reports.
Los Angeles, Orlando, Chicago and Houston are among the cities that have signed on to the initiative.
In an interview with the newspaper, Walsh described climate change as “a nationwide issue”, and said it was important for cities and towns to work together in an effort to strengthen climate resilience.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement: “When we act together, we can show the world that environmental stewardship and economic prosperity go hand in hand.”
Why it's noteworthy:
The partnership highlights a commitment by many U.S. cities to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, despite President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the pact.
Officials say the joint purchasing initiative will significantly lower renewable energy costs.
Boston spent around $9 million on its electricity supply in 2017, and electricity use for government operations made up 35 percent of the city’s overall carbon footprint last year, according to the city's chief of environment and energy who hopes the new alliance will help the city become carbon-neutral by 2050.
The urban clean energy coalition comes after California’s decision last month to require the installation of solar panels on all buildings from 2020. California has set an ambitious target of sourcing half of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030.
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