In order to help meet the Paris Agreement, the City adopted carbon neutrality and 100% renewable energy goals in 2018. These 2050 goals cover the city and municipality. Eau Claire County, Eau Claire Area School District, and UWEC have also passed similar goals.
While climate change is a pressing risk that affects livelihoods, property and infrastructure, it is also a great opportunity. Greater investments in clean energy, for example, are transforming the marketplace, creating new jobs and reducing air and water pollution.
The City's main utility, Xcel Energy, has adopted a 2050 carbon-free electricity goal. Under their Partners in Energy program, the City is working with the utility on the Renewable Energy Action Plan. The plan will serve as both a climate action and renewable energy plan. A stakeholder steering committee provided input on community values and recommendations during the workshop process.
The project was made possible by grant funding from the Department of Energy and the Wisconsin Public Service Commission's Office of Energy Innovation.
This project is based upon work supported by the by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, Office of Energy Innovation and the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), under the State Energy Program Award Number DE-EE0000163.