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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." 

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Gina Jordan reports from Tallahassee for WUSF and WLRN about how state policy affects your life.
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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. She left after a few years to spend more time with her son, working part-time as the capital reporter/producer for WLRN Public Media in Miami and as a drama teacher at Young Actors Theatre. She also blogged and reported for StateImpact Florida, an NPR education project, and produced podcasts and articles for AVISIAN Publishing. Gina has won awards for features, breaking news coverage, and newscasts from contests including the Associated Press, Green Eyeshade, and Murrow Awards. Gina is on the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors. Gina is thrilled to be back at WFSU! In her free time, she likes to read, travel, and watch her son play football. Follow Gina Jordan on Twitter: @hearyourthought