Cleveland’s Clean and Equitable Energy Future

On September 20, 2018 the City of Cleveland became the first city in the state of Ohio to commit to powering itself with 100% clean energy. Building off our Cleveland Climate Action Plan (CAP) the City announced its commitment to combat climate change by transitioning Cleveland to 100% clean and renewable energy sources by 2050. At the heart of this goal is the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% over a 2010 baseline by 2050.


To help us achieve this critical goal, we assembled a core team and developed Cleveland’s Clean and Equitable Energy Future report, an action-oriented roadmap the City can follow for successful implementation of the 100% clean energy transition by 2050. 


The report includes a deep analysis of current and projected future energy use by the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland community, including modeled scenarios which demonstrate various Clean Energy Pathways the City can take to reach its 100% renewable electricity demand target, spanning across energy efficiency, solar, wind, energy storage, purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption, and transit sectors. These pathways enable the City to achieve its goal of 100% clean energy, while also generating millions of dollars of public benefits, including utility bill savings and reducing energy burden for residents, the creation of green jobs, and public health benefits for Clevelanders.


You can find the full report here, and some FAQs to accompany the report here.


In our latest presentation, we gave a broad overview of this report and the various pathways the City could pursue to achieve its goal of 100% clean energy. If you missed it or would like to re-watch it, you can find the video below. 




If you have any questions about Cleveland’s Clean and Equitable Energy Future, feel free to contact us at [email protected].



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  • D. Forester
    I have so much respect for what you guys are doing over in #Cleveland. Where I live in British Columbia, if you’re unaware, is one of the greenest places in the world because we generate electricity for many major cities using nothing but hydro. Yet, this isn’t enough as more often solar panels are sprouting up all over Vancouver and Victoria thanks to companies like and so I’m delighted to see other parts of the world taking similar steps. It might seem like a headache and you might get back lash from sectors of the public but once you run on renewable energy the hassle is so worth it. Best of luck for all your future endeavors! #renewableenergy #equitableenergy
  • Elza Ter-Arutyunov
  • Elza Ter-Arutyunov
  • Elza Ter-Arutyunov