Philadelphia, PA - The Office of Sustainability today announced the publication of Powering Our Future: A Clean Energy Vision for Philadelphia. The report lays out short- and long-term goals for meeting the City’s commitments to fighting climate change and potential strategies for achieving those goals. This publication follows a draft released last November for public comment. The final version of the report incorporates feedback from residents, advocates, and issue experts.
Powering Our Future highlights current and expected trends in our energy system and identifies opportunities for the city, other government agencies, residents, and businesses to each lead on achieving our climate and energy goals. OOS focused on three primary goals in creating this report:
- Set new targets for carbon pollution reduction while taking into account critical factors including equity, health, and economic benefits of a clean energy transition.
- Educate Philadelphians about how our energy system works and how we can work together to achieve a clean energy transition.
- Model the impact of new programs and policies to transform our energy system across five focus areas: Clean Electricity Supply, Citywide Solar, Energy-Efficient Homes and Businesses, Low-Carbon Thermal Energy, and Low-Carbon Economy.
The final version of the report provides additional context on energy in Philadelphia, describes further action needed to meet and exceed the city’s 80 percent by 2050 carbon reduction goal, and includes updates that reflect changes to policy locally and nationally over the past year.
“Climate change is real, and it’s already affecting Philadelphians,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Philadelphia will continue to identify and implement strategies to cut carbon pollution and protect our most vulnerable residents from the changing climate.”
The Office of Sustainability will follow the release of Powering Our Future with a Clean Energy Vision Action Plan in September. The Action Plan will outline how the City can further its commitment to fighting climate change by strengthening existing programs and launching new efforts to cut carbon pollution and protect residents from the impacts of climate change.