ACC currently uses about 15% clean and renewable energy. The approved plan calls for ACC to meet 100 % of its energy needs from clean and renewable energy sources produced on‐or‐for Unified Government properties by 2035. By 2050 ACC will generate 60 percent of its renewable energy locally.
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The larger community of Athens-Clarke County will get 100% of its electricity needs from clean and renewable sources by 2035 while all other energy needs such as transportation will be met by 100% clean and renewable energy sources by 2050.
The new approach is also designed to address historical inequities that have resulted in many households in Athens-Clarke County spending an above average percentage of their monthly income on electricity.
Over the past decade, six cities have accomplished the goal of shifting to 100% clean, renewable energy including Aspen, Colorado; Georgetown, Texas; Greensburg, Kansas; Burlington, Vermont; Kodiak Island, Alaska; and Rock Port, Missouri.
In March, Atlanta passed a clean energy plan considered to be one of the most comprehensive plans in the Southeast making it a case study for cities across the state planning their own transitions.