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Kansas City commits to buying 100% carbon-free electricity by 2020

Kansas City, Missouri, has voted unanimously to transition all its municipal electricity to carbon-free sources by the end of 2020. The city’s finance and governance committee recommended Wednesday that the sustainability measure be immediately adopted, and the measure passed the full council Thursday.

The measure also directs the city to find 25 acres to develop a 5 megawatt community solar installation, giving city employees the option to subscribe to the farm. It also directs the city to purchase more all-electric or hybrid electric vehicles and to achieve Energy Star certification for most city buildings by 2023.

As part of the deal, Kansas City Power & Light will build a new wind farm, Fox 4 KC reports. The city is Kansas City Power & Light’s largest customer.

Kansas City was among the first cities to declare its support for the goals of the Paris Agreement, with Mayor Sly James tweeting on June 1, 2017 — the same day President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing the U.S. from the agreement — that he was “proud to join 60 fellow #ClimateMayors” in implementing the goals of the agreement. “The world cannot wait & neither will we,” he added.

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