Atlanta is the latest city to swear off fossil fuels and to ease into renewable energy, all by 2035. Its city council voted unanimously to enable this transition, making it the 27th city nationally to do so.
It’s a challenging goal, given that cities generally rely on their local utilities for electricity. To move past that paradigm, jurisdictions depend in part on government incentives and technological advances. Indeed, properly structured policies can give local governments better access to low-carbon solutions while innovations like onsite power generation and localized microgrids can free buildings and businesses from centralized networks.