Columbia residents renew push for more renewable energy sources

Community members once again are urging the Columbia City Council to take action on getting the city to use 100% renewable resources for energy production by 2030.

The appeal was made this past week during a city council meeting at which the 2022 Columbia Water and Light Renewable Energy Plan report was accepted following a public hearing.

A petition with nearly 3,000 signatures was delivered in May to the council requesting it ramp up renewable energy efforts. Among speakers Monday was Carolyn Amparan of the CoMO 100% by 2030 Coalition and the Sierra Club, who helped deliver the petitions in May.

“We keep missing the targets,” Amparan said about renewable energy capacity goals by the city. “We shouldn’t just plan to make exactly 15% or 25%.”

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