insecurity from our
dependence on foreign oil and
environmental and human health
concerns have created a new set of challenges.
However, these challenges are coupled with
tremendous opportunities to rethink energy usage,
protect environmental and human health all while
expanding the local economy through energy
efficiency and innovation. The reliance on fossil fuels
for energy may change as energy interdependence and
energy security become more important. This also has
come at a time when the entire infrastructure in this
country must be updated and improved. The
emergence of the smart grid, distributed energy,
demand response and other technologies will only
hasten the need for energy innovation, which will also
require collaboration and education across the entire
organization.
Energy costs for the nation have steadily increased
over time. The City of Raleigh has experienced this
same trend in energy expenses. The aggregated
energy accounts for the City of Raleigh represent the
second largest operating expense – second only to the
personnel related expenses. Long-term savings in
operating and capital budgets will be realized for the
citizens and taxpayers with thorough total cost of
ownership and business case evaluations.
Strategies that have been identified to date are just
the beginning of the process for implementing existing
and potential programs that address building energy
efficiency,
transportation,
renewable energy,
urban forestry and
agriculture, and education
and outreach.
Therefore, to meet the
Sustainability Goals of the City of
Raleigh as articulated in the
Council’s mission statement, this
Roadmap or Climate Energy Action
Plan provides the framework and
strategies for our energy future. This
project began as a simple climate
energy action plan and has
matured into the Roadmap to
Raleigh’s Energy Future.
While the direction of
the Roadmap has been
set in this document, the
trip down this road is not yet
complete. This project is the
beginning of a transformative
change for the City of Raleigh.