U.S. President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping coming to agreement to #ActOnClimate Change. Under this new deal, the U.S. would cut its 2005 CO2 emissions by 26-28% before 2025 and China will aim to get 20% of its energy from clean (zero-emission) sources by 2030.
The U.S. and China are two of the world’s top CO2 emissions polluters so this deal is quite significant; it sets a precedent and calls for other countries to also address their emissions in a global commitment to mitigate the most severe impacts of climate change. Perhaps there is hope for the Climate Summit in Paris next year!!
Thanks to recent municapl electricity aggregration deal cut by Chicago, the City is set to receive nearly double the wind power it has currently. The deal also includes methods to reduce carbon emissions by 16%. A 98% reduction in ozone depleting and acid rain causing NO2 emissions, and a water-use savings equivalent to the annual consumption of about 12,500 households should also be realized through this new strategy.
Renewable energy supporters are hopeful that municipal electricity aggregation could prove a useful vehicle to promote policies from distributed energy storage to local green jobs.
“With municipal aggregation,” said The Sierra Club’s Illinois Chapter Director Jack Darin, “cities like Chicago and every city and suburb in Illinois has the power to ask those questions to their suppliers.”
“Chicago’s inclusion of local wind energy in their power supply is an example for other aggregated communities to follow and build upon,” he said in a statement.