snoqueen wrote:So far, I'm impressed by Raj Shukla because of his interest in clean energy. Madison is pretty well situated to add to the clean energy commitments it's already made, and I don't see any of the other candidates putting an emphasis on this. I think our county exec has done well in this regard and I'd like to see equal (and well-informed) commitment from our mayor. It's part of dealing with climate change, which is going to affect the city whether we talk about it or not.
Thanks for pointing this out. Otherwise, I had no idea about Shukla. For a long time, I pretty much ignored policy issues, since I basically didn't care how CO2 emission was decreased --- as long as it was.
This is the only thing I could find on his web site:
100% Green, Renewable Energy
The city should reach 100% renewable energy by 2030, with ALL of Madison following by 2045.
Make renewable energy the low cost option for all Madisonians.
Offer additional conditional uses or Expedited permitting for buildings that meet high environmental standards.
Ensure the utility companies are full partners as we reach these goals.
Explore municipal banking to finance residential clean energy projects.
Since I was confused by it, I should point out that by "the city" as opposed to "ALL of Madison" he means "the city government".
I'd like to know how you actually do this. If anyone can find more detailed plans on how to get to 100% renewable by 2045, post them here. What do you use for heat for example? Do you start ripping out gas lines and make everything electric? If so, where do you get the extra electricity from?