Do you know?
- Harrisonburg leads the state with the most installed solar per-capita. Residents, businesses, and organizations have shown their desire for clean energy. We need to build upon this momentum.
- Science is telling us that we are running out of time to stop burning fossil fuels.
- Our municipal utility (HEC) currently does not generate energy locally. HEC is owned by the City and operates under city code. City Council can change the code.
- Our utility provides revenues directly to the City, but this model unfairly burdens low-income ratepayers. This is a tax
- If we change our utility’s business model, we can make the transition to clean energy while keeping prices low. There are many ways for HEC to have a healthy business without relying solely on fossil fuels.
- Energy poverty exists in our City and we can help people insulate their homes through targeted programs. We can reinvest our utility’s earnings in a better, smarter grid that helps us all lower our electricity use.
- You can reduce your own energy use through these six effective ways
- Eat Less Meat
- Drive less. Walk and Bike when trips are under two miles and take the bus when you can.
- Buy Organically Grown Foods and local when possible.
- Recycle and compost your food waste.
- Conserve Energy at Home.
- Use renewable energy. After you have taken measures to use energy more efficiently, install a solar electric system for your home.
Write, email, and/or phone Harrisonburg City Council and say you want them to:
- Adopt a solar and wind energy requirement of 50% by 2025 and 100% by 2040.
- Improve energy efficiency by 25% in municipal and school operations by 2025.
- Incentivize energy efficiency programs to reduce energy poverty among city residents.
Address: c/o City Manager’s Office Phone: 540-432-7701
409 South Main Street, Harrisonburg VA 22801
|Mayor Deanna R. Reed||Deanna.Reed@harrisonburgva.gov|
|Vice Mayor Sal Romero||Sal.Romero@harrisonburgva.gov|
|Council Member Richard Baugh||Richard.Baugh@harrisonburgva.gov|
|Council Member Christopher B. Jones||Christopher.Jones@harrisonburgva.gov|
|Council Member George Hirschmann||George.Hirschmann@harrisonburgva.gov|