The city council in Evansville, Indiana has adopted a resolution to use 100% renewable energy for city government operations by 2050.
According to the Courier & Press, the resolution is a pledge to reduce the city’s carbon footprint and increase residents’ overall health and wellbeing. It urges the city to provide more energy efficient infrastructure such as urban tree canopies, green streets and roofs, bike and pedestrian paths and electric vehicle charging stations.
Indiana has a history of clean energy initiatives. In November 2018, Scout Clean Energy, a Colorado-based renewable energy developer and portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, announced the successful completion of all local permitting approvals for the 130 megawatt (MW) Bitter Ridge Wind Farm in Jay County, Indiana.
Jay County Council recently granted a 10-year tax abatement for the proposed $150 million Bitter Ridge Wind Farm. The project proposes to install up to 59 wind turbines across approximately 12,000 acres in Jay County. The project is now expected to proceed toward final design, procurement and construction with a target operations date in early 2020.
And in August 2017, Indianapolis officials announced that the city will spend $12 million to update more than 27,000 street lights, which will save the municipality an estimated $800,000 annually.
The city will pay Indiana Power & Light to convert 27,240 street lights to LED lights over three years. The savings from the project will be used to add another 4,000 LED street lights throughout the area.
Other US cities have embraced the energy efficiency of LED streetlights as well. Also in August 2017, Phoenix officially began its city-wide initiative to replace all 90,000 street lights — plus lighting at its park facilities — with LED bulbs. By replacing all existing street lights with LED bulbs, the city expects to achieve a total net savings of approximately $22 million through 2030.