On Tuesday, April 7, 2009, the Tallahassee City Commission heard a presentation from the head of EPER (the Green Department) entitled “Carbon Footprint Reduction Plan.”
Among the facts revealed are:
- The City of Tallahassee has a Carbon Reduction Task Team that investigates the feasibility of implementing policies that reduce carbon emissions in Tallahassee.
- EPER is charged with tracking how the carbon footprint of Tallahassee compares to other municipalities.
- The City of Tallahassee ranks in the top 10 of cities in the United States with the lowest CO2 emission rates.
- The City of Tallahassee’s electric utility has the lowest carbon emissions per MegaWatt hour of power produced in the state of Florida.
The dialogue between the City Commissioners that followed was started by Mayor Marks. The Mayor commented that “Tallahassee needs community input on which direction to head on these issues.”
Commissioner Katz followed with the idea of putting out a request for proposal (RFP) for a “solar panel farm” and Commissioner Gillum continued with a view that reducing our carbon footprint was the way to go given the number of alternative energy projects that are looking for support these day.
Commissioner Lightsey had a different view. She argued that these alternative power projects will increase our already high rates. She was concerned about how higher rates would impact consumers. Mayor Marks responded by saying “this is why we need community input.”
Mayor Marks also hinted that a structure was being set by the EPER department to facilitate a community dialogue on these issues.