Officials in Philadelphia have announced plans to use 100% renewable energy to power city properties by 2030, along with goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and reduce energy use from the built environment.
The Municipal Energy Master Plan is an initiative to help Philadelphia meet the goals of the Paris Climate Accord, an agreement within the UN framework to combat greenhouse gas emissions. Though President Trump pulled the US out of the Accord, many states, corporations and organizations have vowed to continue on the agreement’s path.
According to stateimpact.npr.org:
The new Philadelphia plan aims to cut energy use in city-owned buildings by 20% by 2030; maintain or reduce the cost of energy in the city’s built environment; and generate or purchase power from only renewable sources by 2030. It also hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment by 50% from 2006 levels by 2030.
The city and the Renewable Energy Authority will issue a request for proposals for a renewable energy power purchase agreement under which Philadelphia would for the first time make a long-term commitment to buy renewable energy from a utility-scale wind, solar or other renewable power source in the region. The authority is a city-funded entity that, unlike city agencies, is able to perform functions like holding a long-term power purchase agreement.
In August, Philadelphia officials announced that the city will be home to 6-MW natural gas-fired peaking plant. Officials at the Navy Yard have hired Ameresco, a renewable energy solutions company, to begin work on the plant, which will be part of a 35-MW unregulated, stand-alone electric grid that will serve the Navy Yard campus.