WHEREAS, the City of Atlanta ranks 40th out of the 50 most populous U.S. cities in solar photovoltaic installations according to "Shining Cities 2017" by Environment America; and
WHEREAS, twenty-five U.S. cities, including San Diego, Salt Lake City and Chicago have already adopted ambitious 100% clean energy goals, and six U.S. Cities, including Aspen, CO, Burlington, VT, Greensburg, KS, Kodiak Island, AK, and Rockport, MO have already hit their targets to generate 100% of the energy used community-wide from clean, non-polluting and renewable sources; and
WHEREAS, the City of Atlanta is under franchise agreement with Georgia Power Company for electricity service until 2064; and
WHEREAS, more than 24% of Georgia Power's current electricity comes from emission-free energy production including nuclear and renewables, in which Georgia Power has become a recognized leader in bringing cost-effective solar and wind resources to our state; and
WHEREAS, the City's commitment to 100% clean energy will create good local jobs for Atlanta residents, reduce air pollution and associated public health risks, reduce the strain on water resources and save consumers money
WHEREAS, "clean energy" and "renewable energy" include energy derived from wind, solar, existing and low-impact hydroelectric, geothermal, biogas, and wave technology sources. These sources of energy have significant public health co-benefits associated that can help address pressing environmental justice challenges in sensitive communities in Atlanta and around the country.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES, that One Hundred Percent (100%) of electricity consumed in the City of Atlanta shall be generated through renewable energy resources and associated technologies by
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that priority will be given to the lowest cost measures to meet energy needs including weatherization, cogeneration, district heating and cooling, decentralized electricity generation and smart grids/microgrids, the use of industrial waste heat, building controls, automated lighting, solar-powered hot water heaters and programs that create an energy saving culture in the City of Atlanta. A cost benefit analysis of generation resources and energy sector employment will be developed as part of the plan.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Atlanta will create structured mechanisms to include low-income citizens in the benefits to be derived including creating quality careers adhering to local source hiring, a just transition for workers displaced by fossil fuel reduction, equitable access through ownership and benefits to new opportunity for historically marginalized communities, and affordable clean energy options.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the public will have an opportunity and be encouraged to participate in the process for planning and implementation.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, by January 2018 the Office of Sustainability will develop a plan for City of Atlanta operations to achieve 100% clean energy by 2025 and community-wide 100% clean energy by 2035 that includes interim milestones, budget estimates, equity metrics, estimated financial impacts, financing mechanisms, and the percentage of clean energy that shall be locally and distributively generated.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, to help achieve the goal of 100% clean energy, the Office of Sustainability may request additional funds in subsequent fiscal year budgets to be used solely for purposes of this legislation. The Office of Sustainability may also actively pursue public/private partnerships to attain the City's goal of 100% clean energy by 2035.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that this resolution is effective immediately upon approval.