Environment

Renewable Energy

Shifting from using fossil fuels, like coal, oil and natural gas, to using renewable energy is critical for protecting communities from the effects of climate change. When fossil fuels are burned, they emit high levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which trap heat in the atmosphere, warming and creating instability in the earth’s climate. Renewable energy, on the other hand, has zero or very low emissions. Distributed renewable energy systems – such as rooftop solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, small wind, and geothermal energy systems – are particularly beneficial because they save residents (and local governments) money, create good local jobs, and improve the region’s energy security. 

COG is working closely with local governments and public agencies in the region to install solar energy systems, and to reduce the price of solar in their communities. COG helps local governments develop renewable energy plans, policies, and initiatives, and helps them install renewable energy systems on municipal facilities, which contributes directly to the growth of this local industry.

 

News & Multimedia

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    Locals in metropolitan Washington plan for a sustainable future

    December 16, 2016

    Local planners gathered at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) for a Sustainability in Comprehensive Plans Workshop on December 5 to share...

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    Clean Technology Forum Lays Groundwork for Low Carbon Future

    October 23, 2015

    The October 5, 2015 Clean Tech Leadership Forum held at the Council of Governments (COG) laid the groundwork for mobilizing the region’s clean tech economy by...

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    DC Area Governments Work to Green Tape Solar Power

    February 11, 2015

    Solar energy is booming. Just last month, national news outlets ran headlines proclaiming incredible job growth in the solar industry, dropping installation...

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    Join COG at the 2014 Ecodistricts Summit in DC this September 24-26

    August 13, 2014

    This September 24-26 the District of Columbia and the surrounding region will host the sixth annual EcoDistricts Summit a unique gathering of the world’s...

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    Advancing the Region's Energy Infrastructure

    May 7, 2014

    As communities across the country embrace sustainable initiatives the Washington area is a leader in implementing sustainable infrastructure through actions...

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    Solar Powering Your Community

    April 2, 2014

    If the metropolitan Washington region were to get 5 percent of its electricity from solar it would reduce carbon emissions the equivalent of taking 789000...

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