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Naik said Atlanta officials talked to residents with the help of grassroots organization Georgia Sierra Club and to develop the plan that includes creating an energy efficiency renter assistance program; developing a community program to increase solar energy usage and working to adopt stronger building codes for greater energy efficiency and solar power. The plan will also address air emissions by launching car-sharing programs for low-income residents.
Naik’s office is tasked with executing the plan, which includes interim targets that include: 10 percent of municipal buildings by 2020; another 30 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2030.
The plan will create more than 7,700 jobs and reduce monthly household electricity bills by $234 if the city fully converts to clean energy by 2035.
“What we did was set this bold vision and have a number of paths within [the plan] that we can take to get them,” Naik told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Naik said his office will meet with stakeholders such as Georgia Power and The Rockefeller Foundation in the next 90 days to determine which path is most feasible.
Atlanta became the 27th city in the country to commit to clean energy in 2017 after the city council unanimously passed a resolution submitted by former Councilman Kwanza Hall. The initial plan called for government buildings to operate on clean energy by 2035. Officials altered the timeline to prioritize making electric bills affordable for low-income communities.
“The best data we have indicates that as we transition to clean energy, costs also come down,” Naik said. “We have seen this play itself out in the costs for municipal renewables already.”
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