City of Jacksonville

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Thirteen mid to large size Florida cities, and one county, have committed to power all of their municipal operations, businesses, and homes with renewable energy on or before 2050. For some of these cities their commitments were enabled by their municipal utilities committing to a strategic, brisk conversion from high carbon emitting fuels to renewable energy for power generation. The thirteen Florida cities committed to 100% renewable energy are listed below.

Florida Cities Committed to 100% Renewable Energy

Orlando – 2050
Tampa – 2035
St. Petersburg – 2035
Sarasota – 2045
Tallahassee – 2050
Gainesville – 2045
South Miami – 2040
Cocoa – 2050
Satellite Beach – 2050
Dunedin – 2050
Largo – 2035
Safety Harbor – 2050 
Clearwater – 2040

Other US cities committed to operate on renewable energy are listed below. There are more than 180 cities committed to 100% clean and renewable energy in the U.S.

US Cities Committed to 100% Renewable Energy

Cincinnati OH – 2035
Louisville KY – 2040
Cleveland OH – 2050
Kansas City MO – 2050
St Louis MO – 2035
Philadelphia PA – 2050
St Paul MN – 2030
Minneapolis MN – 2030
Denver CO – 2030
Atlanta GA – 2035
Columbia SC – 2035
Columbus OH – 2022
Savannah GA – 2050
Boise ID – 2035
San Diego CA – 2035
San Francisco – 2030
Los Angeles CA – 2050
Portland OR – 2050

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While other cities committed to operate on renewable energy, Jacksonville’s leaders have yet to consider the city’s contribution to global warming, much less commit to operate on renewable energy. As a consequence, the city is far behind other cities in reducing its carbon footprint or creating a modern economy. This is evidenced by the city receiving an extremely low score and ranking in the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 2021 City Clean Energy Scorecard. Please click here to view Jacksonville’s Clean Energy Scorecard.

Jacksonville is to be commended for hiring a Chief Resiliency Officer and taking steps to address the negative consequences of global warming. It should be embarrassed by the lack of efforts to reduce its contribution to global warming.