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50 Percent Green By 2020?

In late April, San Francisco committed to a goal of getting 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by the year 2020. The commitment, if fulfilled, would mean that the city would pass the state’s 50 percent renewable target 10 years early. Mayor Ed Lee said “By transitioning to at least 50 percent renewable energy, San Francisco will reduce harmful emissions while also creating up to 5,000 jobs that support our renewable energy infrastructure development.” You can learn more at

Earlier, Lee had announced that San Francisco exceeded its greenhouse gas emission reduction goal a couple years ahead of schedule. Lee pointed out that the city’s emission reduction of 28 percent since 1990 occurred even though the economy grew 78 percent over that same time period.

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