Recently Helena became the second city in Montana to commit to 100 percent renewable and clean energy community-wide. Based on a resolution passed by the Helena City Commission, it strives to achieve the goal by 2030.
The latest resolution was undertaken by the City Commission involving a group of citizens. The resolution is part of an ongoing effort aimed to take climate measures with regards to the city’s residents, organization and businesses.
“Today we fulfilled a responsibility to our present community and its future generations,” commented Mayor Wilmot Collins with regards to the latest announcement. “We made long-term commitment to put the health and well-being of Helena and its citizens at the forefront of our decisions about how we grow into the future and how we meet our community’s energy needs. This is the first step, and I look forward to the journey.”
Reports further suggest the resolution not only created a 100 percent clean energy goal, it also urges the electricity provider of the city- NorthWestern Energy to bring “cheaper renewable energy for its customers as well as reconsider its long term energy supply plan and the impacts clean energy would have on Montana ratepayers.”
Helena now joins Missoula in dedicating efforts to produce 100 percent clean, renewable energy community-wide and has support from 42 local businesses. The benefits of the programme are also within reach for “low-income populations, native peoples, and people of color,” stated a press release.
Melissa Hornbein, a member of the Helena Ready for 100 group, a campaign launched in Helena as part of the Global Climate Strike, spoke, “Helena, Missoula, and other communities are ready for clean air and water, lower electricity bills, and a local clean energy economy—and this movement is showing no signs of slowing.”