“Madison’s finance committee unanimously recommends committing up to $250,000 for a consultant that would help the city find ways to use more renewable energy sources and emit fewer carbon emissions.
The goal is to achieve 100 percent renewable energy and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions using a plan developed by a third-party expert. Madison’s 2017 capital budget already includes $750,000 for sustainability improvements, including renewable energy installations and energy efficiency upgrades.
‘We already know in terms of city operations where our greenhouse gas emissions are coming from. We are tracking our energy. We are tracking our fuels,’ Jeanne Hoffman said. ‘It’s a decision of how aggressive we want to change our city operations from one that has carbon emissions in the types of fuels that we use to emissions that don’t have greenhouse gas emissions.’
The original energy work plan was influenced by Madison Gas & Electric’s fixed fee hikes that began in 2015, RePower Madison Campaign Director Mitch Brey said.
‘It’s promising to see Madison declare it’s intent get off of fossil fuels and go 100 percent renewable,” Brey said. “This local leadership is extremely important to ensure a healthy and prosperous community.'”