WHEREAS, Resolution No. 17-R-3510 committed the City of Atlanta (“City”) to transition to 100% clean energy for municipal operations by 2025 and 100% clean energy for citywide consumption by 2035 (“Goals”); and
WHEREAS, Resolution No. 17-R-3510 also instructed the Mayor’s Office of Resilience to develop a plan for the achievement of those Goals (“Plan”); and
WHEREAS, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience worked in partnership with City departments and external community stakeholders to develop a Plan to transition the City to 100% clean energy that prioritizes affordable and equitable access to clean energy through ownership and benefits to new opportunity for historically marginalized communities; and
WHEREAS, an extensive cost-benefit analysis of available pathways to achieve the City’s Goals was conducted and the Plan developed gives priority to the lowest cost measures available, beginning with energy efficiency; and
WHEREAS, metro Atlanta has the 4PthP-highest electricity burden in the United States, with residents in the three most burdened neighborhoods having an average household income of $24,000 per year with electricity bills exceeding $145 per month; and
WHEREAS, the City’s 100% Clean Energy Plan provides benefits communitywide, creating local jobs, reducing electricity bills, providing public health savings, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing gross regional product; and
WHEREAS, after a thorough review of the cost-benefit analysis performed in the development of the 100% Clean Energy Plan, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience recommends adopting the Plan with different deadlines than the deadlines that were set in Resolution No. 17-R-3510 for achieving a 100% clean energy transition; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience recommends the modified deadlines establish a target for to achieve 100% clean energy for City of Atlanta operations by 2035 and 100% clean energy community-wide by 2035; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience recommends the City invest first in cost-saving clean energy measures for its operations; and
WHEREAS, interim targets for gauging progress towards the City’s 100% clean energy goal between now and 2035 are essential; and
WHEREAS, the adoption of this Plan does not commit the City to any use of funds at this time; and
WHEREAS, the City has a comprehensive strategy of resilience of which 100% clean energy is one component; other components include water efficiency, electric vehicles, and access to transportation, among others; and
WHEREAS, it is desirable and in the best interests of the City to adopt a plan to transition to 100% clean energy by 2035.
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES, to revise the deadlines for the City of Atlanta to transition to 100% clean energy that were set in Resolution No. 17-R-3510. The revised deadlines are to achieve 100% clean energy by 2035 for City of Atlanta operations and by 2035 community-wide.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, interim targets for achieving clean energy for municipal operations of 10% clean energy by 2020, 30% clean energy by 2025, and 50% clean energy by 2030 are established and progress towards these targets will be monitored by the Mayor’s Office of Resilience.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, to adopt the 100% Clean Energy Plan, attached hereto as “Exhibit A,” a vision for an equitable, cost-effective 100% clean energy future.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, only solutions that are budget-neutral and/or have a positive return on investment within a reasonable amount of time will be used to achieve the City’s 100% clean energy target.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience will provide annual reports on progress towards the City’s 100% clean energy goal.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, to help achieve the goal of 100% clean energy, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience may request additional funds in subsequent fiscal year budgets to be used solely for purposes of this legislation. The Mayor’s Office of Resilience may also actively pursue public/private partnerships to attain the City’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2035.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City is committed to making the investment in this goal for its municipal operations and encourages the local community to join us in achieving a 100% clean energy future.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Mayor's Office of Resilience is responsible for ensuring proper implementation of the Plan through project facilitation and stakeholder engagement.
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