Atlanta is the first city in Georgia and the biggest southern city to commit to 100 percent clean energy, according to the Sierra Club.
Ted Terry, director of the club’s Georgia Chapter, commended city leaders but said there is still more work to do.
"This commitment represents just the starting point for the community," Terry said in a statement. "As we move away from fossil fuels to 100 percent clean energy, we must ensure that those most threatened by dirty fuels are first in line to see the benefits that come with this transition."
Clean energy is defined in Atlanta’s legislation as energy derived from wind, solar, existing and low-impact hydroelectric, geothermal, biogas, and wave technology sources.
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