Missoula Is First Montana City To Adopt 100% Renewables Goal

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The city council of Missoula, Mont., has unanimously voted to adopt a resolution to move the city’s electricity to 100% clean, renewable sources by 2030.

According to the Sierra Club, Missoula becomes the first city in Montana – a state whose energy mix is 49% coal – to adopt the goal. Last week, Missoula County adopted the same 100% renewable commitment for the urban area of the county.

The city’s resolution establishes a formal commitment to renewable electricity community-wide, supported by an Electricity Options Report developed by Climate Smart Missoula, along with the city and county. The report highlights pathways to 100% clean energy and provides guidance for implementing the goal.

“I am proud of Missoula becoming the first city in Montana and the 117th nationwide to commit to 100 percent clean, renewable electricity,” comments Summer Nelson, director of the Sierra Club Montana Chapter. “The Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club is committed to continue working with the community and city and county leadership to implement this transition and ensure clean electricity is affordable and accessible to everyone. We are so grateful to all the community members and partners who laid the foundation for this resolution to be considered and passed and those who are ready to do the hard work of implementing this commitment.”

Another Mountain West city – Boise, Idaho – adopted a 100% renewable electricity goal last week, becoming the first city in Idaho with the commitment.

Photo: Prizrak 2084 from Missoula, Montana, USA [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

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The writing is one the wall for coal, and soon thereafter, oil and natural gas that they no longer have an economic edge against renewables. While the state used to be dependent on coal mining for jobs, Missoula has always been a tourism and college town with a diverse, educated population, but with long term uncertainty in the F.F. market, can Billings and Helena be far behind? Congrats to Missoula….would love to develop some solar there in the near future.