A joint effort to help cities procure over 2.8 gigawatts of renewable capacity was launched on Feb. 26 by the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge, Rocky Mountain Institute, World Resources Institute and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network.
The new program “will help cities procure large-scale, off-site renewable energy; deploy renewables locally; and navigate regulatory, policy and institutional barriers by engaging with utilities and policymakers,” a Feb. 26 news release related to the announcement said.
According to the news release, more than 100 cities across the U.S. have made commitments to increase their use of renewable energy.
The effort, called the American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator, will support both the 25 winning cities selected for Bloomberg Philanthropies' American Cities Climate Challenge and make assistance available to the nearly 200 Urban Sustainability Directors Network members seeking to power their communities with low-carbon renewable energy.
Several public power cities were winners in American Cities Climate Challenge
Public power cities Austin, Texas, Orlando, Fla. and San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 11 were included among the list of final winners in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge.
At events in Austin and San Antonio, Michael Bloomberg highlighted the five new winning cities’ innovative and ambitious climate action plans that focused on reducing air pollution and citywide emissions from the transportation and buildings sectors – two areas that are on average responsible for 80% total of all citywide emissions and over which mayors have significant authority.
More recently, Bloomberg on Feb. 8 joined City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Clint Bullock, General Manager & CEO of public power utility Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), for a tour of OUC’s Gardenia Operations Facility.
Bloomberg received a special tour of OUC’s Emerging Technologies Research and Development Laboratory and an up-close view of the utility’s 400-kW solar canopy and 31.5-kW floating solar array.