Petoskey City Council approves renewable energy plan

Jun 18, 2019

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The Petoskey City Council unanimously approved a city-wide energy plan on Monday. It sets a goal of 100% renewable energy city-wide by 2035.

The plan is to replace fossil fuels with solar, wind and hydro-power to supply electricity for all Petoskey residents and businesses. 

Petoskey Mayor John Murphy says the city's investments in coal plants will terminate by 2030.

"We're moving away from coal, moving away from fracking and going into total renewable energy," he said. "It's going to be good for generations to come." 

The plan includes five-year benchmarks to measure progress across the city — the first is to achieve 30 percent renewable energy by 2025.

Traverse City also has a 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2040.