Eau Claire (WQOW)- The city of clear water has set a goal of getting cleaner and believes a partnership with Xcel Energy will help.
Thursday City Manager Dale Peters and Xcel Energy-Wisconsin President Mark Stoering signed an agreement to support each other as they work toward being 100% carbon neutral by 2050.
The two entities said they can do that through clean energy programs, economic development and new technologies.
Stoering said right now 26% of Eau Claire’s energy comes from renewable energy sources, 56% of which is carbon-free.
Going forward they plan to use more energy from solar fields, wind farms and nuclear plants.
“That will take us in only a few short years by 2024 we expect to be 40% renewable and 65% carbon-free,” Stoering said.
“It’s simply the right thing to do,” Peters said. “It’s the right thing to do for the environment. It’s the right thing to do to be sustainable and self-sufficient as a community and it’s the right thing to do to have a healthy and clean place where people want to live, work, and play.”
Officials said part of the plan to be carbon-free by 2050 includes addition focus on energy conservation and promoting more electric vehicles.