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Boston launches nationwide renewable energy initiative

Boston’s mayor is calling on other cities to join in a new initiative designed to boost the use of renewable energy.

The city plans to issue a request for information (RFI) for competitive pricing of major renewable energy projects to meet the collective demand of US cities. The RFI will compile energy demand data across participating cities and ask renewable energy developers for price estimates for projects that would meet thee collective energy demand.

Mayor Martin Walsh is calls on more cities to join the renewable energy initiative and will lead a coalition of cities that provide their energy demand data in the RFI.

“Our effort on renewable energy will not only help cities cut carbon emissions and get us closer to the goals of Paris Climate Agreement, it will help power our cities and create more, clean energy jobs,” said Mayor Walsh. “We can do more than just address the problem of climate change, we can build a healthy, thriving future by working together.”

The City of Boston is working with partner cities to compile the collective energy load data for the RFI. The first cities to join the initiative include Chicago, IL; Evanston, IL; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Orlando, FL; and Portland, OR. Each of these cities are part of the Climate Mayors network, representing more than 400 cities and 70 million people.

"Cities wield the power to create demand and transform the energy market - and when we act together, we can show the world that environmental stewardship and economic prosperity go hand in hand," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

"I'd like to thank Mayors Garcetti, Emanuel, Hagerty, Turner, Dyer, and Wheeler for joining me on this initiative," said Walsh. "I look forward to working with other Climate Mayors in our network and beyond to keep the momentum going and demonstrating our role as city leaders to put forth real solutions."

As more cities join the initiative, their energy demand data will be added to the collective load. Boston hopes to finalize the list of participating cities and issue the RFI later this summer for responses from renewable energy developers.  


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This article was published on 8 Jun 2018 (last updated on 8 Jun 2018).

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