Today World Wildlife Fund (WWF) honored the cities of Cleveland and Cincinnati with its “Bright Place to Live” award for helping city residents access 100% renewable electricity.
“While other cities like San Francisco have stalled in their renewable energy initiatives, Cleveland and Cincinnati have powered ahead,” said Keya Chatterjee, director of renewable energy and footprint outreach at WWF. “These cities are proving to their citizens, the nation, and the world that clean and renewable energy is the reliable, practical, and economical choice.”
“I’d like to thank WWF for recognizing that Cleveland is on a pathway to a sustainable future,” said Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson. “Everything we do as a city should have a direct benefit for our citizens, our local economy, and our world. Choosing 100% renewable electricity, at a significant cost savings, is a perfect example of how these goals can all work together.”
In Cleveland, approximately 60,000 residences and small businesses are participating in the community aggregation program, one of the first outcomes in the city’s Climate Action Plan. Participants will receive a 21% savings on their electricity bills, made possible by leveraging group buying power.
In Cincinnati, approximately 53,000 residences and small businesses are participating in the city’s Government Aggregation Program, after voters passed a ballot measure approving aggregation in 2011. Participants will receive a savings of approximately $133 per year on their electricity bills, made possible by leveraging group buying power.
“This award from WWF signifies the dedication that Cincinnati has to improving quality of life not just for our community, but for the planet as a whole,” said Larry Falkin, director of Cincinnati’s office of environment and sustainability. “Our aggressive pursuit of climate-smart policies and initiatives has made Cincinnati a national leader in sustainable solutions, and we are committed to keep innovating, keep acting, and keep leading by example.”