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Updated Climate Action Plan shoots for 100% electricity from renewable sources by 2050

News 5 Cleveland:

The City of Cleveland says the future for the power grid rides on solar and wind power. But residents are coming off a summer sprinkled with outages largely due to problems with the grid’s equipment.

The goal is to have 100% of the electricity that comes from Cleveland Public Power in 2050 be from renewable resources like solar or wind. In the next 12 years, the city wants to be at 25%.

“You have states, countries that have moved a lot faster,” said Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis Executive Director Sandy Buchanan. “Some are at 30% now.”

Buchanan’s non-profit studies energy and the environment and says the technology is good enough right now to power more of Cleveland’s grid with renewable energy.

“One of the problems Cleveland Public Power has is it has in the last few years signed 40 to 50-year contracts to get their electricity from coal and natural gas,” said Buchanan. “That’s exactly the fuels they’re trying to get away from.”

She says that could slow down what would otherwise be a quicker process.

Updated Climate Action Plan shoots for 100% electricity from renewable sources by 2050

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