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Boston mayor calls for multi-city energy projects

The information collected will inform a joint purchase of renewable energy

Boston is working with 19 other US cities to meet energy demands with renewables
Boston is working with 19 other US cities to meet energy demands with renewables

The city of Boston is calling on renewable energy developers and other interested parties to share details on what could be the largest renewable energy project of its kind in the country.


The city’s request for information (RFI) seeks to obtain feedback from qualified renewable energy project developers with projects throughout the US that could support the municipal energy demand of 20 cities included in the request.


Boston is working with 19 other US cities to request information on projects. And the total aggregate energy demand of all cities included in the request is nearly 5.7 terawatt-hours – enough to power more than 500,000 US homes.


“I’m eager to see what’s possible in terms of projects that can power our cities and create more, clean energy jobs,” said Martin Walsh, mayor. “I applaud my colleagues in other cities for joining this effort to demonstrate our power in building a clean energy future.”


The request is focused on information regarding project sizing, geography, anticipated completion date, technology, and indicative pricing. The information gathered will inform a future joint purchase of renewable energy.


This action demonstrates the collective power of cities to invest in renewable energy and create more, middle class, clean energy jobs. If successful, a large-scale purchase of renewable energy will help power these cities, save money, and offset carbon emissions.


Mayor Walsh officially announced his plans for the renewable energy initiative earlier this summer at the International Mayors Climate Summit in Boston.


Mayors from across the country and around the world attended the summit along with and leaders from public and private sectors to discuss actions taken by mayors to address climate change globally and in their own communities.


The cities included in the request are: Arlington, Atlanta, Boston, Cambridge, Chicago, Evanston, Gary, Houston, Los Angeles, Manchester, Medford, Melrose, Nashua, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Maine; Portland, Oregon; Providence, and Somerville.


Mayor Walsh is the co-chair of Climate Mayors, a network of US mayors that participated in a similar joint-city initiative last year that demonstrates the collective power of cities to advance climate goals.


The Climate Mayors initiative, led by the City of Los Angeles, issued an electric vehicle request for information (EV RFI) with 30 other cities in efforts to aggregate municipal demand of electric vehicles across the country.


The EV RFI demonstrated demand for nearly 115,000 vehicles of all classes, including trash trucks, street sweepers, semis, shuttles, and buses – with an estimated value of $10bn to replace the entire fleet. The RFI received 40 responses across all vehicle segments and is now moving into a formal procurement.


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