[Keene Sentinel] An ambitious resolution for Keene to transition to all-renewable energy usage in coming decades won City Council approval Thursday night, 14-1.
The nonbinding resolution sets goals for the Elm City and its residents to rid fossil fuels from electricity use by 2030 and from thermal and transportation use by 2050.
Keene’s energy and climate committee, which proposed the resolution, is now tasked with coming back to the City Council by December 2020 with a strategic plan to switch to renewable sources, such as solar energy, wind and others that don’t add carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
One resonate moment in the article is Pat Martin’s remarks after the meeting. She said she’s proud of Keene’s taking the lead on environmental goals when many other communities are cautious to do so, citing Concord and Hanover as exceptions.
“The thing is that people from other towns came (tonight), just like I got involved, because if there’s any place that’s going to do this, it’s going to be Keene,” Martin said. “So I knew that once it starts here, it has a chance of spreading to other Monadnock Region towns, including mine.”
The Clean Energy Team would like to thank the Keene Sentinel for its thorough and accurate coverage of the resolution. We’re excited to continue to share the stories of people and businesses trailblazing renewable energy and energy efficiency innovations in our community.