Make Your Voice Heard.
On May 1, 2017, the City Council of Atlanta unanimously passed Resolution 17-R-3510 that directed the Office of Resilience, by January 2018, to develop a plan for City of Atlanta operations to achieve 100% clean energy by 2025 and community-wide 100% clean energy by 2035. This Plan is expected to include interim milestones, budget estimates, equity metrics, estimated financial impacts, financing mechanisms, and the percentage of clean energy that shall be locally and distributively generated.
The City of Atlanta will be asking stakeholders for input on the creation of a 100% Clean Energy Plan between now and January 2018. We need your input to make sure this plan represents all Atlantans.
What does “100% clean energy” mean?
Based on the Council Resolution, “clean energy” includes energy efficiency and renewable energy derived from wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, biogas and wave sources.
What are considerations to weigh when developing the 100% Clean Energy Plan?
The City will consider issues including affordability, equity, local job creation, access to local energy sources, opportunities for improved public health, and benefits to the environment when developing the 100% Clean Energy Plan. If there are additional issues you recommend the City consider, please note that in your survey response.
What are some strategies to help get to a 100% clean energy future?
In broad strokes, a 100% clean energy future will require a combination of increased energy efficiency to bring energy demand down and renewable energy to power the things in our lives that consume energy. In addition, new products like electric vehicles can potentially increase the total amount of energy consumed in Atlanta. And new technologies that are developed between now and 2035 can revolutionize the clean energy economy. All of these things need to be analyzed, and stakeholders need to provide input on what strategies Atlanta should prioritize.
Is 100% clean energy by 2035 feasible for Atlanta?
The City, technical experts, and community leaders all agree it will be challenging for all of Atlanta to achieve 100% clean energy by 2035 without major technology breakthroughs. However, there is agreement that there are key things we can do in the short term to set Atlantans on the path towards a 100% clean energy future. The plan will outline short term opportunities as well as contain a recommendation to revisit the plan every few years to update strategies and approaches given the current state of play.
What happens after the Plan is created?
The 100% Clean Energy Plan will be submitted to Council by January 31, 2018. Council will review the Plan and consider policy and programmatic changes both for the municipal building stock and communitywide opportunities. More stakeholder engagement is expected to take the broad concepts and directions identified in the Plan and develop projects and actions for the City and community to work towards a 100% clean energy future.
The 100% Clean Energy Plan is intended to be a guide for our community. As such, the City of Atlanta seeks to have meaningful engagement with the public. There are two ways for residents and other interested parties to have their voices heard.
TAKE THE COMMUNITY SURVEY: This short survey has been designed to give the City of Atlanta a sense of how stakeholders would like the City to approach the Plan’s creation. It is also meant to capture what community members themselves would be interested in doing to be part of the clean energy future.
ATTEND A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: In November 2018, there will be community forums in each quadrant of the city. We encourage interested parties to attend and share their ideas on how to achieve 100% clean energy. Free dinner and childcare will be provided. Please register so we have a headcount for food.
- GEORGIA TECH: Monday, November 6, 2017, 3:00-5:00pm; Peachtree Room, Wenn Student Center, 350 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
- SOUTH: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm; Metropolitan Library, 1332 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
- EAST: Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm; Southface Energy Institute, 241 Pine Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308
- WEST: Monday, November 20, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm; City of Refuge, 1300 Joseph E. Boone Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30314
- NORTH: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm; Cathedral of St. Phillip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305
For any other questions and concerns, please contact: Megan O’Neil, Energy Programs Manager, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience, [email protected].