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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:30

Sylva passes renewable energy resolution

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Sylva’s commissioners unanimously passed a resolution calling for a statewide commitment to eliminate fossil fuels during their meeting Thursday, April 13.

The resolution, circulated by the N.C. Climate Solutions Coalition — of which the local organization The Canary Coalition is a part — calls for a complete transformation from fossil fuels to renewable energy by the year 2050 in order to avert the worst consequences of climate change. 

The goal is based on the Climate Solutions Project, a nationwide effort formed by a team of scientists led by Mark Jacobson, Ph.D., of Stanford University. The scientists conducted a comprehensive research project to determine how each of the 50 states could meet 100 percent of its energy needs through sources other than fossil fuels by 2050. 

The results of the North Carolina study indicate that a combination of offshore and onshore wind energy will provide an estimated 55 percent of all energy needs in this state. Solar electric and thermal systems will account for another 41.5 percent, hydroelectric power will provide 2.7 percent and ocean wave devices will produce 0.8 percent. The average annual energy cost savings per person is estimated at $131. 

Boone and the Watauga County Commission have also passed this resolution, and it’s being introduced to municipalities and counties throughout the state. A statewide resolution has also been introduced to the N.C. General Assembly. 

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