Here's how to reach out to them. Click on this link, type your address and click on "District": In the window that pops up, click on the link for your district (in the right column). That will lead you to the page of your council member, and one of the menu options there will be Contact. Click on Contact, and his or her mailing and email addresses will pop up.
You can copy and paste the following sample letter:
Dear Council Member ___NAME____,
I’m writing to ask you to support a goal of 100% carbon-free electricity in Pasadena by 2035, as part of the City’s Climate Action Plan.
At the federal level, our country is struggling to achieve consensus on climate action, yet poll after poll shows that a majority of Americans support clean, renewable electricity. Yet polls also show that most Americans don’t want to pay more for electricity, and this profile applies to Pasadenans as well.
PWP plans to keep Pasadena power bills low by generating at least 50% of our electricity with natural gas until 2030 and beyond. But gas, inexpensive now, will not remain low. Conversely, wind and solar don’t use any fuel. Their capital costs have declined rapidly over the past five years and will continue dropping in coming decades. Energy storage costs are not far behind. Lazard Inc., a major consulting firm for utilities, predicts that by 2020 solar energy PLUS storage will be cheaper than PWP’s Kingbird solar-only Power Purchase Agreement. With that kind of downward price trend, the potential savings in 2035 compared to business-as-usual will be significant.
Many cities across the nation have already made this commitment, realizing that transitioning to 100% renewable energy will create jobs, boost local economies, and (certainly by 2035) save money. Some California cities making this commitment are Palo Alto, Santa Monica, San Diego & Lancaster. A few others across the country are Boone NC, Salt Lake City UT, Georgetown TX, and Burlington VT. South of the equator, the Australian city of Adelaide expects to be 95% renewable by 2025. Setting a goal of 2035 is reasonable, achievable, and not at all aggressive.
Global warming is a threat to everyone on the planet. With cities like San Diego leading the way, it’s time for Pasadena to set a higher goal than merely satisfying the minimum State mandate of 50% renewable energy by 2030 (Pasadena’s Integrated Resource Plan). None of the City’s existing power contracts conflict with this long-term 100% renewables goal. Pasadena, by recognizing the urgency of decarbonizing, should craft a science-consistent roadmap to move the City, as well as the country, toward a healthier and safer future.
Council Member ___NAME___, will you support a 2035 goal of 100% carbon-free electricity in Pasadena’s Climate Action Plan?