I began to study sustainable design, renewable energy and energy conservation in 1983 while studying architecture and environmental design at Ball State University. Energy did not command the same sense of urgency that it does today. The demand for increased renewable energy development and the rapid changes in technology, knowledge and economic forces are drastically different than they were 27 years ago. The pace of change is continuing to accelerate as the City of Sarasota locks itself into a 30 year deal with Florida Power & Light. 2040 is an eternity when you imagine how much the energy landscape is expected to change even 10 years from now.
The City of Sarasota seems to have forgotten that the City signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors resolution Adopting the “2030 CHALLENGE”. The U.S. Conference of Mayors resolution document in part states:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors will work to increase the fossil-fuel reduction standard for all new buildings to carbon neutral by 2030, in the following increments:
60% in 2010
70% in 2015
80% in 2020
90% in 2025
Carbon-neutral by 2030 (meaning new buildings will use no fossil fuel GHG emitting energy to operate); and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors will urge mayors from around the nation to join this effort by developing plans to fully implement the above mentioned targets as part of their procurement process and by establishing policies to insure compliance and measure results; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors will urge mayors from around the nation to develop plans to fully implement the above mentioned targets for all new and renovated buildings within the City; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors will work in conjunction with ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and other appropriate organizations to join this effort to develop plans to fully implement similar targets as mentioned above.
I do not see how a 30-year agreement with Florida Power and Light, even with a few commitments to renewable components, can even begin to address – let alone accomplish - these goals both now and by 2030. It will not.
I have a vested interest in how I receive my electrical power. Carlson Studio's office is in the City.