When most people think about critical stakeholders in decarbonizing the electricity system, they often overlook local governments. This, however, is a mistake. Local governments are already a critical player in the United States’ transition to renewables, and their role will only grow in 2022 as they take advantage of emerging strategies and opportunities. US local governments have already demonstrated an impressive ability to collectively accelerate renewable energy adoption. To date, over 180 communities around the country have committed to 100 percent renewable electricity, and 50 have already achieved this goal.
RMI 12th Jan 2022 read more »
Most cities are not doing enough to advance equity as part of their efforts to combat climate change, but cities such as Minneapolis and Chicago have started to take important steps and can serve as models for peers. In our 2021 City Clean Energy Scorecard, the 100 large cities we examined earned an average of only 15% of the points possible for equity-related actions, such as developing energy programs designed to reach communities of color and low-income residents. Cities must work to improve the efficiency of all types of buildings—especially those housing communities of color and low-income families—to reach their climate goals and make energy more affordable. On top of bearing the brunt of climate impacts, these communities pay a disproportionate share of their incomes on energy bills, and often live in older homes that are poorly insulated and are not energy efficient. Furthermore, low-income communities and those with fewer resources are less able to improve the efficiency of the buildings they live and work in and adapt to the effects of climate change.
ACEEE 13th Jan 2022 read more »