Officials, Environmentalists Call for St. Louis to Depend Entirely on Renewable Energy by 2035

By on September 18, 2017

From St. Louis Public Radio:  The city of St. Louis could soon commit to an ambitious goal to depend on renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power for its electricity by 2035.

Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed introduced a resolution Friday that would completely transition the city away from using fossil fuels. The St. Louis region currently receives less than 5 percent of its electricity from wind, solar and other renewable sources.

The proposed resolution notes that using more energy from renewable sources is crucial to combating climate change, creating jobs and improving public health.

“We’re seeing disasters happening all across our country right now, in part exacerbated by climate change,” said Sarah Edgar, a campaign organizer with the Missouri Sierra Club. “So we know that it’s critical to take local action to mitigate this threat.”

The Sierra Club runs a nationwide initiative called “Ready for 100,” in which other cities, among them Kansas City, have made commitments to also obtain 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. A few cities in the country, including Burlington, Vermont, and Rock Port, Missouri, already have achieved the goal.

If the non-binding resolution passes, the city would organize meetings to include community members and stakeholders such as Ameren Missouri to develop a plan by the end of 2018.

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