Getting Started

Develop a Numbers-Based Renewables Plan (Optional)

Cities that want to set quantitative renewables targets for community-wide load (e.g., 100% renewable energy for an entire city by 2030) may find it useful to develop a technically validated plan. Executing such a plan often requires significant demand-side management action (managing electricity demand) and policy and regulatory engagement, and may require accelerated retirement of fossil-fuel-based assets. If you are interested in creating such a plan, there are many external advisors and consultants that can assist you in this process. RMI’s Community Energy Resource Guide presents a roadmap for creating these types of comprehensive city plans. For city examples, see the City of Atlanta’s Clean Energy Plan and the City of Los Angeles’s Green New Deal Example clean energy plans:
The City of Atlanta’s 100% Clean Energy Plan, “provides different models for how the City of Atlanta’s municipal operations and the entire community can transition to 100 percent clean energy using different policies and programs.” The City of Los Angeles released a Green New Deal sustainability plan in 2019 which has several ambitious targets, including 100% renewable energy for the community by 2050.
The process of creating a comprehensive plan:
RMI’s Community Energy Resource Guide outlines the key steps that cities should undertake to create a comprehensive energy action plan.