World Resources Institute – City Leadership on Renewables Surges Ahead: Stories and Trends from 2021

The latest IPCC report placed great emphasis on the critical importance of city actions over the next decade to help mitigate the climate crisis. It also outlined the huge opportunities for cities to ramp up their leadership in this global fight by continuing to increase and accelerate their climate actions. While there is still much to do, in many cities this work is already underway.

New data from the Renewables Accelerator’s Local Government Renewables Action Tracker — a tool that catalogues renewable energy transactions completed by U.S. cities and counties since 2015 — shows that in 2021, local governments across the United States continued their annual trend of breaking year-over-year records on their transitions to renewable energy. Collectively, 155 cities purchased over 4,300 megawatts of clean energy in 289 deals, while many cities also took additional action by engaging with their utilities, regulators, and legislators to advocate for more renewable energy to power their communities.

During this webinar, World Resources Institute (WRI) and RMI experts will highlight notable city clean energy trends and stories from the past year based on new data from the Renewables Action Tracker. A panel of speakers from U.S. local governments will then share their lessons learned and experiences with procurement and engagement in 2021, as well as how their cities plan to take further advantage of the opportunities outlined in the IPCC report on the road ahead.


  • Tatsatom Gonçalves, Research Analyst, Energy Program, WRI
  • Yuning Liu, Senior Associate, Urban Transformation, RMI
  • Lacey Shaver, Senior Manager, WRI
  • Heather House, Manager, RMI


May 18 2022


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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