Residents are invited to review and comment through July 22, 2022 on the proposed Clean and Renewable Energy Plan for Athens-Clarke County. The plan, developed by the Athens-Clarke County Sustainability Office in conjunction with the Clean and Renewable Energy Plan Advisory Board, Southface Institute, and Greenlink Analytics, outlines a pathway for a comprehensive and innovative clean and renewable energy transition for the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCGov) and the larger Athens community.
The full proposed plan and online comment form can be found at accgov.com/green, along with a presentation from the June 14 Mayor and Commission Work Session, an executive summary of the plan, and a summary of action area tiering.
Several virtual and in-person public meetings are also scheduled for the following dates and times. Registration for the virtual meetings is available through www.accgov.com/green.
- June 17 at 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM - Virtual meetings via Zoom (online registration at www.accgov.com/green)
- June 23 at 6:00 PM - In-person meeting at Athens-Clarke County Library (2025 Baxter Street) Meeting Room B
- July 12 at 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM - Virtual meetings via Zoom (online registration at www.accgov.com/green)
On May 21, 2019, the Mayor and Commission unanimously voted to adopt a resolution to commit to several energy-related goals as part of the Clean and Renewable Energy Campaign. A series of town hall meetings and an online survey were hosted in the spring of 2021 to begin developing the plan that will guide efforts to achieve those goals, including 100% clean and renewable electricity for all municipal properties and government operations by the year 2035, and meeting community electricity demand with 100% clean and renewable electricity by the year 2050.
The plan states that “clean” sources of energy do not create greenhouse gas emissions, and “renewable” energy sources are those that can be replenished in a human timescale.
Six action areas laid out in the plan include:
- Lead by Example
- Build Community Through Investment
- Be Part of the Larger Solution
- Build a Workforce and Improve Opportunities
- Closing the Gap
- Community Education and Engagement
Equitable Priorities in the plan are as follows:
- Include lower-income, Black, People of Color (POC), and senior communities in the development of policies and programs
- Decrease the community's energy burden, with an emphasis on historically marginalized communities, using sustainable and renewable technologies
- Expand clean energy workforce training and development
Public input on the proposed plan will be accepted through July 22, 2022. The Mayor and Commission is scheduled to vote on the plan at their Regular Voting Session on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.
For more information on the Clean and Renewable Energy Plan, contact Sustainability Officer Mike Wharton at email@example.com or 706-613-3838.