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), Mayor Frank G. Jackson announced his 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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