ICLEI 100% RE Cities and Regions Network leaders

These local and regional governments are leading a renewable energy shift in their jurisdictions.

City of Aspen, Colorado, USA

Target: Municipally-owned utility, Aspen Electric, powered by 100 percent renewable energy by 2015

Renewable energy share:46 percent hydro, 53 percent wind, 1 percent landfill gas

Key strategies: After a decade of continued investment in renewable energy, in August 2015, the municipally-owned electric utility achieved 100 percent renewable energy by signing a contract with the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, a wholesale electric energy provider. Over 6,000 customers in Aspen now receive renewable, clean energy while still paying some of the lowest electricity rates in the state of Colorado. This reduced the city carbon footprint and catalyzed renewable energy development in the western United States.

Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Target: Legislated target of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2020

Renewable energy share: 18.5 percent as of 2014-15

Key strategies: Community solar, wind power and energy from waste are part of the renewable energy strategy in the Australian Capital Territory. The territory is also using a series of innovative large-scale reverse auctions that will deliver renewable energy to the territory at the lowest possible cost. New investments in research, education and local business development are also diversifying the economy.

Byron Shire, Australia

Target: 100 percent total installed capacity of renewable energy

Renewable energy share: In progress

Key strategies: The region has been making efforts to cut emissions since 2014, through the launch of a community-owned clean energy generator focusing on solar photovoltaic called COREM - Citizens Own Renewable Energy Mullumbimby, a strong take-up of rooftop solar and the energy retailer ENOVA, through which Byron will buy and distribute renewable energy from a range of sources.

Inje County, Republic of Korea

Target: 100 percent total installed capacity of renewable energy

Renewable energy share: Energy mix includes wind, solar thermal and photovoltaic, geothermal and small hydro plants

Key strategies: Inje County has identified five main policy pathways to achieve the renewable energy target: expansion of new renewable energy production, energy efficiency, energy conservation and creation of a civic culture and expansion of carbon sinks.

Jeju Province, Republic of Korea

Target:100 percent renewable electricity and transport by 2030

Renewable energy share: The energy mix includes wind, solar, and small hydro plants

Key strategies: Jeju Province is implementing battery-based energy storage systems and fuel cell power plants to ensure grid stability and address wind and solar intermittency. Jeju Province has already seen success through this approach on Gapa Carbon Free Island, a small island with 126 households located near the main island of Jeju. Gapa has achieved a reduction of 776 tons of CO2 emissions and saving 300,000 liters of fuel every year.

City of Malmö, Sweden

Target: 100 percent renewable energy at community-scale by 2030, including electricity, heating and transport

Renewable energy share: 21 percent as of 2013

Key strategies: The city is increasing the production of local solar energy, removing legislative obstacles to wind power and reducing energy demand. Malmö is cooperating with property owners to facilitate energy efficiency measures in buildings and districts through various avenues, including matchmaking between owners and energy suppliers and testing of new business models.

Pingtung County, Chinese Taipei

Target: In 2016, the Magistrate of Pingtung County made a public commitment to explore a 100 renewable energy target and to be an active participant in the Global 100% Renewable Energy Cities and Regions Network.

Renewable energy share: In progress

Key strategies: Smart grids and solar farms are some of the demonstration projects already in place.

District of Saanich, Canada

Target: Comprehensive 100 percent renewable energy target in electricity, heating and cooling, transportation by 2050

Renewable energy share: Solar hot water and photovoltaic installations

Key strategies: Throughout 2018 Saanich, is developing a plan for achieving 100 percent renewable energy, with a focus on a systems framework to identify potential areas of intervention across sectors.

Tshwane, South Africa

Target: 50 percent renewable energy at community-scale by 2030, and clear political interest in exploring the 100 percent renewable energy pathway

Renewable energy share: In progress

Key strategies: City initiatives include biogas recovery from waste to fuel the city-operated bus fleet and the installation of two solar powered electric vehicle charging stations. Tshwane is retrofitting municipal buildings with renewable energy installations and encouraging the installation of solar water heaters for private homes.

City of Vancouver, Canada

Target: Comprehensive 100 percent renewable energy plan, including electricity, thermal energy and transportation by 2050 at community-scale, intermediate target of 55% renewable energy by 2030

Renewable energy share: 31 percent as of 2014, primarily hydro and a small percentage of biomass, biofuels, wind and solar

Key strategies: The Renewable City Strategy looks at increasing the amount of rooftop solar generation and promoting electric vehicles or biofuel hybrids for transportation

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