In a move to preserve natural beauty, public health and local economies, Pueblo, CO, and Moab, Utah, are the 22nd and 23rd cities in the US that have committed to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. Both have joined the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign. The Pueblo City Council committed to 100 percent sustainability through the development solar and wind by 2035, while Moab’s city government approved its commitment to 100 percent renewables by 2032.
“Pueblo and Moab join a growing movement of communities which are charting a course away from dirty fuels towards one with healthier families, more economic security, and greater prosperity through 100 percent clean, renewable energy,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. “Through bold leadership from places like Pueblo and Moab, the movement for clean energy will only continue to grow as more and more cities and towns get on board.”
Pueblo is plagued with high unemployment and residential customers suffer from rising costs of electricity, according to Anne Stattelman, Executive Director of Posada in Pueblo. The local utility moved to develop natural gas infrastructure while passing the costs to customers. As a result 7,000 customers in Pueblo had their power shut off due to the high cost of power. By transitioning to 100 percent renewables, Pueblo expects to invigorate the local and surrounding economy with jobs in wind and solar. The commitment also will assure low-income customers that they do not have to choose between paying for high costs of electricity and essentials like medical care and food.
Moab’s commitment will eliminate the use of two coal plants that boarder the area’s primary economic driver, Canyonlands National Park, to preserve its outdoor recreation economy. Moab’s commitment to renewable energy follows Salt Lake City’s Climate Positive SLC commitment to sustainability by 2032 and to reduce its carbon footprint by 80 percent by 2040.
“For Moab, one of the world’s great outdoor recreation destinations, the implications of climate change could not be more troubling. Rising temperatures, reduced water availability, economic instability, and other impacts threaten our residents and greatly limit activity that fuels our city’s economy. It is an imperative that Moab takes steps to protect our community while expanding the horizons for the local economy,” said Moab City Council Member Kalen Jones.
Both urban and rural municipalities in the US are increasing their use of renewable energy as the Seirra Club’s Ready for 100 and other efforts gather steam. Some, like Burlington, VT, and Aspen, CO, are already 100 percent powered by renewable energy. Meanwhile, cities like San Diego and San Jose, CA have announced their transition plans and are installing more wind and solar annually as they reduce their use of fossil fuels.Tweet