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In Wisconsin Capital, Solar Panels May Soon Fill City Roofs

Along with a host of green initiatives, Madison, WI intends to get 25% of energy from clean sources within the next 9 years.

As reported by Kari Lydersen of Midwest Energy News.

Source: Emily Mills, Creative Commons.
Source: Emily Mills, Creative Commons.

Madison’s City Council adopted an ambitious energy plan at its meeting on Tuesday June 7, with only one no vote from the 20-member council. The plan commits the city to reduce its carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, reduce overall energy consumption by half by 2030, and get a quarter of its electricity, heating and transportation energy from clean sources by 2025. Mitch Brey, campaign organizer of the group RePower Madison, described the plan as an important step in creating clean energy policies and programs in the city. He noted that some aspects of the plan are already enshrined in city or state policy, but the new plan calls for new resources or action to help fulfill those goals.

Along with the aforementioned targets, the plan calls for establishing a city-wide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, making it easier for property owners to finance energy improvements; developing an inventory of all the city-owned property suitable for rooftop solar; and ensuring implementation of a benchmarking resolution passed last year, which would document buildings’ current energy consumption to chart future improvements.

It also calls for convening a working group to review the city’s existing climate change plan, creating permanent staff positions focused on energy issues; and supporting regional clean energy and carbon reduction efforts including with local colleges and universities and the sewer agency. “What they’re doing is a series of small concrete steps, moving forward on a number of fronts,” said Brey. “There is always more that can be done and I’m hoping the city will not stop after they’ve passed this and implemented this. It’s a start, and it’s clearly a clean energy victory and a victory for everyone in Madison.”

Read the full article at Midwest Energy News.

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