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Atlanta Adopts Plan To Get Off Fossil Fuels And Nuclear By 2035

In the plan approved by City Council, both the city of Atlanta and all residences and businesses in it would use 100 percent "clean energy” by 2035.
In the plan approved by City Council, both the city of Atlanta and all residences and businesses in it would use 100 percent "clean energy” by 2035.
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Atlanta will move to 100 percent “clean energy” by 2035, according to a resolution passed Monday by Atlanta City Council.

The goal is to have Atlanta use renewable energy, like wind and solar, and move away from power sources like coal, natural gas and nuclear.

In the plan approved by City Council, both the city of Atlanta and all residences and businesses in it would achieve that goal by 2035. That’s a change from the original proposal that set a deadline of 2025 for city operations, and 2035 for everything and everyone else.

The City Council had already voted unanimously to transition to what it calls clean energy, but Monday’s vote officially adopts the plan laying out how to do, and modifies those earlier dates. The resolution emphasizes finding ways to save energy and to make sure the switch is affordable.