Inside Clean Energy: Des Moines Just Set a New Bar for City Clean Energy Goals

Inside Clean Energy: Des Moines Just Set a New Bar for City Clean Energy Goals
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The Des Moines City Council unanimously voted this week in favor of a resolution that sets a goal of reaching 24/7 carbon-free electricity by 2035. Credit: Steve Pope/Getty Images Cities setting clean energy goals now have a new leader to emulate: Des Moines, Iowa. The Des Moines city council voted 7-0 on Monday in favor of a resolution that sets a goal of reaching 24/7 carbon-free electricity by 2035, making it probably the first city in the United States, and maybe the first in the world, to pass a plan that emphasizes a target of relying solely on clean energy around-the-clock. The goal will require a combination carbon-free sources, and ditching fossil fuels altogether. The city’s approach is in contrast to the more common policy of cities moving toward 100 percent renewable energy by generating renewable energy or buying renewable energy credits to offset—at least in an accounting sense—whatever fossil fuels they continue to use. We deliver climate news to your inbox like nobody else. Every day or once a week, our original stories and digest of the web’s top headlines deliver the full story, for free. Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie said the measure is a response to […]

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