City joins National Renewable Energy Laboratory to achieve 100% renewable goals

Mayor Greg Fisher announced today that the Louisville Metro Government (LMG) has partnered with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop a course to achieve the city’s 100% renewable energy goals. Colorado-based NREL specializes in renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.

A.D. In February 2020, the Louisville Metro Council approved a 100% renewable energy plan for 2030 with 100% clean electricity for Metro works, 100% clean energy for Metro works by 2035, and 20% clean energy for the community by 2040. .

“Louisville is delighted to be working with NREL to achieve and achieve innovative goals,” said Mayor Greg Fisher. “We need to increase the percentage of our city’s renewable energy sources, and I believe with the right partners at the table, we can do that. The main source of energy in greenhouse gas emissions is the current source of energy. I thank the Metro Council for this step and look forward to the outcome of this partnership.

The NREL partnership does the following

  • Provide a roadmap for achieving these goals with guidelines and policy recommendations for challenges and renewable energy:
  • Identify Louisville Municipal Works and the community as a whole on solar roof and ground-based production capacity;
  • Explore other renewable-energy options such as geothermal, renewable natural gas, wind farming, etc. that generate 100% renewable energy;
  • Identify financing methods and provide opportunities to manage the exchange financially; And
  • Provide guidelines for exploring state and federal regulations and the state’s utility market.

Current power generation and consumption in Louisville represents the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in 2016, with 9,883,480 tons of CO2e (equivalent to carbon dioxide) or approximately 62% of total emissions. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by shifting to renewable energy will not only delay the impact of climate change, but also reduce energy-intensive costs and other air pollution, improve public health and improve the quality of life of residents. Investing in new types of power generation can also create new industries and jobs in the area to build, operate and maintain renewable energy installations.

Partnership Level One LMG costs $ 30,000.

Louisville is already experiencing the effects of extreme heat, storms and rain. These changes are expected to worsen over the next decade. While climate change is affecting everything in the community, it affects some marginalized residents more than others. Climate change exacerbates many of the pressures that historically marginalized groups face in terms of health, income, quality and availability of housing, and exposure to hazardous materials. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by shifting to clean, renewable energy will help alleviate these disproportionate effects and provide new economic opportunities for Louisville.

NREL began operating as a solar energy research institute in 1977. NREL promotes energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable energy technologies, science and engineering, and provides knowledge to integrate and optimize energy systems.

For more information on NREL, please visit https://www.nrel.gov/

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