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Tallahassee Commissioners Set 100 Percent Renewable Energy Goal By 2050

The Tallahassee city commission wants the city to be on 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The goals are outlined in a resolution adopted by commissioners during their Wednesday meeting.

The plan sets milestones. For example, city-owned facilities would be on 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2035 and city-owned light duty vehicles and Star Metro main line buses would be completely electric by 2035. 

Once the 2050 goal is met, the city should produce as much clean, renewable energy as the community consumes. The city says any unavoidable use of non-renewable energy will be balanced by the export of renewsable energy to other communities.

An analysis of the resolution doesn't include a cost for the transition, nor does it say how close the city is to meeting this goal. 

However, the plan does call for a consultant to design and run a study to develop a plan for converting the city's utility system to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The process would include customers input with a focus on "disadvantaged customers." 

Gina Jordan is the host of Morning Edition for WFSU News. Gina is a Tallahassee native and graduate of Florida State University. She spent 15 years working in news/talk and country radio in Orlando before becoming a reporter and All Things Considered host for WFSU in 2008. Follow Gina: @hearyourthought on Twitter. Click below for Gina's full bio.