Mayor Emanuel Announces Plan to Make Chicago a Renewable Energy Juggernaut

Mayor Emanuel Announces Plan to Make Chicago a Renewable Energy Juggernaut

Earlier this week Mayor Emanuel announced a commitment to make all government buildings powered by 100% renewable electricity by 2025.  If accomplished, that would make Chicago the largest major city in the country to power all its public buildings with renewable energy.

“As the Trump administration pulls back on building a clean energy economy, Chicago is doubling down,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “By committing the energy used to power our public buildings to wind and solar energy, we are sending a clear signal that we remain committed to building a 21st-century economy here in Chicago.”

The environmental group Sierra Club recently released a list of U.S. cities that are on track to be 100% powered by renewable energy in 20 years. The list features San Diego, San Francisco, and Grand Rapids among others. Three cities have actually already accomplished the goal.  Aspen, Colorado is mostly powered by wind and water. Burlington, Vermont is powered by a mix of hydropower, landfill methane, wind, solar, and biomass energy. After being hit by a tornado in 2007, the city of Greensburg, Kansas has been powered by 100% renewable energy since 2013.

Jack Darin, president of the Illinois Sierra Club, supports Chicago. “By moving boldly to re-power its public buildings with renewable energy like wind and solar, Chicago is leading by example at a time when local leadership is more important than ever,” he said.

By Michael Obrecki