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Renewables Accelerator to Help Cities With Transition to Clean Energy

Cities across the country have ambitious goals to move to renewable energy, but support at the federal level is lacking. A new program will assist cities with procurement and regulation of renewables.
March 1, 2019, 2pm PST | Camille Fink
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The American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator will provide technical resources and tools to U.S. cities to help them reach their renewable energy goals. "The program will help cities procure and deploy large-scale, off-site renewable energy and navigate any regulations and laws that might impede progress," reports Chris Teale.

The Renewables Accelerator is a collaborative effort related to the American Cities Climate Challenge, a Bloomberg Philanthropies effort. "The 2.8 gigawatts of renewable capacity it aims to build is more than the existing solar capacity in Nevada, Florida or Texas, so cities will need to be creative in their procurement and deployment strategies," notes Teale.

The United States withdrew from the Paris climate accord in 2017. These programs reflect the desire of city leaders to be proactive in addressing climate change, particularly with what they see as a lack of national leadership.

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Published on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 in Smart Cities Dive
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