How a major renewables accelerator initiative is helping more than 100 cities nationwide navigate the complex barriers to procuring cleaner energy
Across the United States, well over 100 cities have made ambitious renewable energy commitments, even after the U.S. withdrew in 2017 from the United Nations’ Paris Agreement on climate change. To help these cities meet—and beat—their decarbonization goals, the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge, Rocky Mountain Institute, World Resources Institute, and Urban Sustainability Directors Network have joined forces to help them procure more than 2.8 gigawatts of renewable capacity. That’s more than the total existing solar capacity in Florida or Texas, according to RMI.
To do so, the group has developed a program to deliver resources that can help cities quickly implement and scale clean-energy solutions. Called the American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator, it works with municipalities to access off-site renewable energy, deploy renewables locally, and navigate regulatory and policy barriers. The accelerator was developed to support Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge, which recently announced its 25 winners, as well as the nearly 200 cities that are members of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. (Many of these resources are, however, available to any city.)
Different cities will encounter varying challenges, of course, but for many, some of the biggest obstacles include dealing with regulatory and policy constraints that restrict purchasing choice, scaling to capacity, and choosing utility providers. Even where no prohibitive legislation exists, with no precedent set for renewables, city officials often encounter intricacies in technical requirements and bureaucratic issues that can be complex and difficult to surmount.
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