We should be standing in solidarity with those who live along the coast of Georgia and others who are vulnerable to the effects of an already rapidly warming climate.
Therefore, we should be a leader in diversifying the electric grid and diversifying our transportation network (see Infrastructure Plan) in order to begin the long process of de-carbonizing our economy. If other levels of government aren't moving fast enough, we can and should be leaders at the local level. The idea is to diversify and offer choices.
The City of Atlanta has committed to 100% renewable energy by the year 2035 and the City of Clarkston, Georgia has committed to 100% renewable energy by the year 2050.
My plan is to commit to 100% of a hybrid approach that includes renewable and nuclear (clean air and carbon free) by the year 2035. This will require some negotiations with our co-operative electric partner, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG).
My plan also uses some of the $5 million in profit revenue from College Park Power to help offset home and apartment efficiency improvements and/or provide education to residents on energy efficiency.
Finally, my plan funds public works to create climate resiliency by improving our stormwater pipes and transitioning some of our stormwater management to "green infrastructure."