Fayetteville council to consider Energy Action Plan

Fayetteville City Council members tonight will see a draft of the Energy Action Plan, a project that provides a framework for ongoing efforts to be a resource- and energy-efficient community.

With a primary goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the plan includes four efforts: increasing energy efficiency in new and existing structures, increasing the city’s clean energy supply, reducing emissions from transportation activities and lowering emissions from solid waste directed to the landfill.

Council members in February voted 7-1 to support the study and development of the plan after a 1,400-person survey showed the majority of participants believe the city should prioritize energy-efficient policies and climate change preparedness. A survey was launched in October seeking public input on the plan.

In a news release issued this week city staff said the completed plan aims to:

  • Incentivize and encourage energy efficient homes and businesses
  • Make progress towards energy independence
  • Promote a culture of innovation
  • Improve public health
  • Achieve cleaner air, water and soil
  • Encourage resilient local businesses
  • Promote a collective understanding of climate change
  • Leave a legacy of stewardship for future generations of Fayetteville residents

» Read more about the Energy Action Plan
» Read the city’s perspective on climate change

Council members will consider the plan at their next regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. inside City Hall room 219.