Grid decarbonization is the process of reducing or eliminating the carbon emitted by the grid. The City estimates grid decarbonization will reduce energy demand by 23 percent. However, electricity demand will increase due to the transition to electric vehicles and buildings. If renewable sources are used, the increased demand will not add to the emissions level on the grid, while the emissions for transportation and the built environment will be sharply reduced.
All sub-goals for Grid Decarbonization are underway, including plans for community, rooftop and ground-mounted solar, distribution upgrades and storage. Details for the CCA program were presented at a recent meeting of the Sustainability and Climate Justice Commission for the City of Ithaca. See the slides attached to the meeting agenda here.