Nevada City Establishes 100% Renewable Energy Goal

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Nevada City, California is taking steps in response to the growing impact of climate change on the mountain community, which has recorded 15 of the hottest years on record globally since the start of this century with 2017 predicted to be the second warmest on record.

In an August 10, 2017 press statement, Nevada City’s Mayor, Duane Strawser, along with city council members, key community members and partners, announced that there had been a near unanimous vote that by 2030 the city’s electricity will come entirely from renewable sources and that by 2050, all energy sources would be renewable.

This makes Nevada City the 41st mountain community to pledge to move to 100% clean, renewable energy. Other cities aiming to take control of their energy future include California, South Lake Tahoe, Utah, and Park City.

In the statement, Mayor Strawser said: “Nevada City’s commitment for 100% renewable energy is driven by our community. The passion for the natural environment and our responsibility to take care of it is part of the fabric of what makes Nevada City a very special place to live. I challenge other communities across the nation to join us in this goal.”

Don Rivenes of the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition, said that “if this summer is any indicator of what climate change can mean for the future of our community, it is time to do all we can to avoid its impacts. Over the last three years and particularly the last few months we have seen citizens from across our community come together to tackle climate change by helping our city officials take bold action. We’re thrilled to see Nevada City commit to 100% renewable energy today.”

Nevada City already has an Energy Action Plan (EAP) that aims for a 28% drop in electricity use by 2020. The new resolution will break new ground towards updating the EAP to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, not just a drop in usage.

Also working with Nevada City on its mission, is the Sierra Nevada Alliance (SNA) — a network of conservation groups encompassing 24 watersheds of the 650 kilometer-long Sierra Nevada in California and Nevada. Since 1993, the SNA has been protecting and restoring Sierra Nevada natural resources, lands, watersheds, wildlife and communities for future generations while promoting sustainable communities. The Alliance plays a unique role in facilitating grassroots conservation groups’ and watershed groups’ involvement with government agencies, public utilities and local organizations.

Jenny Hatch, SNA’s Executive Director, commented that “The Sierra Nevada Alliance (SNA) is proud to work with cities like Nevada City. Nevada City recognizes the many impacts on the local economy and environment that climate change will bring. At Sierra Nevada Alliance, we bring together the passion to fight climate change with the passion to protect our mountain communities to make an unstoppable force for change. That’s why it is no surprise that mountain cities are leading the way on renewable electricity.”

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