Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the next city in the United States to commit to a goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy. They plan to have all their city facilities running on clean power by 2022 and the entire city by 2030. The Sierra Club notes that Minneapolis is now the 65th city in the country placing fully renewable goals.
Mayor Jacob Frey and the city council announced the city’s pledge last Friday. They join numerous major cities across the country starting to eliminate their use of fossil fuels, such as Atlanta, Orlando, and San Francisco. In Minnesota, Rochester and Saint Louis Park have already made the commitment.
A plan on how to reach these goals will be revealed in the first quarter of next year. The group emphasizes that they will include everybody, such as low-income families, to “receive equitable benefit from this transition.” This is because the city will be able to create more jobs with local renewable sources instead of importing coal from other states.