(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Monday, Earth Day, announced the City of Binghamton will purchase renewable energy certificates to match 100 percent of its municipal electric usage starting May 1.
“Binghamton continues to lead when it comes to clean energy and green initiatives in local government,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “On Earth Day, we’re making a commitment to renewable energy, joining cities large and small across the world on efforts to protect our environment, combat climate change and create the green jobs of tomorrow.”
The City is purchasing the certificates through Constellation, the City’s electricity supplier. Renewable energy certificates are a mechanism for local governments and other institutions to purchase the environmental attributes from renewable sources without being physically tied to them. In Binghamton’s case, renewable energy is being produced from wind farms within the United States. More information about renewable energy certificates is available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The shift to a renewable energy product will cost the City an estimated $13,000 per year. Savings from ongoing energy efficiency projects, including the conversion to LED street lights, will help cover the additional cost.
“Constellation is committed to helping our customers find clean energy solutions to their energy challenges,” said Dan Verbanac, Constellation’s senior vice president of retail. “We’re proud to help the City advance its sustainability goals and reduce emissions for the good of its residents and the environment as a whole.”
Mayor David is a member of Climate Mayors, a bipartisan peer-to-peer network of U.S. mayors working together to demonstrate leadership on climate change through action in their communities.
“It’s incredibly exciting to see Mayors David’s continued commitment to ensuring a more resilient, sustainable city and economy for all Binghamton residents,” said James Ritchotte, Director of Climate Mayors. “The city’s decision to purchase renewable energy for its electricity needs highlights its role as local leader in addressing climate change. We look forward to our ongoing work with Mayor David as he secures a sustainable 21st century economy for Binghamton.”
The shift to renewable electricity was announced in Mayor David’s 2019 State of the City Address. It’s the latest project to support green initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and promote clean energy innovation. In 2017, Binghamton became the first city in the Southern Tier to be designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). In 2018, Mayor David accepted a Mayors’ Climate Protection Award honorable mention from the U.S. Conference of Mayors for the City’s LED streetlight conversion.
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