“Our ultimate goal is to run all city operations on 100 percent renewable energy so we aren’t contributing to global warming anymore,” says Bradley Campbell, a member of the Sustainable Madison Committee. “We are going to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”
On Feb. 28, the Common Council will consider spending $250,000 for a consultant to propose options on how to reach this ambitious goal. Campbell says sourcing the city’s electricity needs from 100 percent renewable, carbon-neutral energy is possible by 2022.
“It’s not definite. But it is realistic that we could get there within the next five years. That’s why we need to bring in a consultant to look at all the details on how to execute it,” says Campbell. “A hundred percent renewable electricity is within our grasp.”
Ald. Zach Wood, also a member of the Sustainable Madison Committee, expects the council to approve the resolution. He says his fellow council members have expressed “nothing but optimism” toward the plan.