25 US cities have now committed to transition entirely to clean and renewable energy, following city council votes on Tuesday establishing 100% renewable energy goals in Madison, Wisconsin and Abita Springs, Louisiana. Madison and Abita Springs represent the first Wisconsin and Louisiana cities to commit to transition to 100% renewable energy.
Madison and Abita Springs join a growing coalition of cities committed to 100% renewable energy. Few places, however, illustrate the diversity of support for clean energy than Madison and Abita Springs.
In November, more than 70% of Madison voters cast ballots supporting Hillary Clinton, while nearly 75% of voters in St. Tammany Parish, where Abita Springs is located, supported Donald Trump. Tuesday’s 100% clean energy commitments illustrate the common benefits that renewable energy presents to both big cities and rural towns alike, from lower energy costs and local job creation to pollution reduction and climate mitigation.
In response to Tuesday’s commitments, Jodie Van Horn, Director of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign, issued the following statement:
Mayor Greg Lemons of Abita Springs, Louisiana issued the following statement:
“As the mayor of a small town, I take seriously my responsibility to set the direction for our community.
“Transitioning to 100% renewable energy is a practical decision we’re making for our environment, our economy, and for what our constituents want in Abita Springs. Politics has nothing to do with it for me. Clean energy just makes good economic sense.
“By establishing a 100% renewable energy goal, we have an opportunity to use solar power that we can control in our community, for our community. Clean energy is a way that we can save money for Abita Springs both today and in the future.”
Madison Common Council Alder Zach Wood issued the following statement:
“Madison’s historic commitment to 100% clean energy shows that we are determined to lead the way in moving beyond fossil fuels that threaten our health and environment.The benefits of a transition to 100% clean energy are many. These goals will drive a clean energy economy that creates local jobs, provides affordable and sustainable electricity, and results in cleaner air and water. I am proud to be a part of this council that has made the historic commitment that will lead our community to a more sustainable future.”