About the Ready for 100 Tulsa Campaign
The Ready for 100 Tulsa Campaign is a part of a nationwide movement to convince cities, counties, and states to pursue the following energy goals.
• Have all electricity used within their borders generated from clean renewable energy by 2035;
• Have all energy used within their borders provided by clean renewable sources by 2050.
Climate Change Mitigation
Community Health Benefits
Clean Renewable Energy Sources
The costs of producing electricity by solar power are falling so rapidly that solar-generated electricity already competes favorably with electricity generated by natural gas and is cheaper than electricity generated by coal and nuclear power. Oklahoma has the nation’s seventh best solar resources, so it could be one of the nation’s leading producers of solar energy. Unfortunately, due to hostile laws, regulations, and policies, Oklahoma ranks in the bottom five states in terms of solar production.
The costs of producing electricity by wind power are falling so rapidly that wind-generated electricity already competes favorably with electricity generated by natural gas and is cheaper than electricity generated by coal and nuclear power. Oklahoma has the nation’s 11th best wind resources, so it should be one of the nation’s leading producers of wind energy. Currently, Oklahoma ranks third in installed wind capacity, but it could rank even higher if not for recent state legal and regulatory setbacks.
Advanced Battery Technology
Electric grids need to have electricity-providing sources that can quickly increase or decrease electricity production as electricity produced from solar and wind sources decrease or increase. Currently, natural gas turbines mostly provide this backup function. However, Advanced Batteries may soon begin displacing natural gas turbines as the backup technology of choice due to their projected declining costs and improved performance.
In a recent report, the International Energy Agency found that “clean hydrogen is currently enjoying unprecedented political and business momentum, with the number of policies and projects around the world expanding rapidly.” The report “concludes that now is the time to scale up technologies and bring down costs to allow hydrogen to become widely used. Hydrogen offers ways to decarbonise a range of sectors – including long-haul transport, chemicals, and iron and steel – where it is proving difficult to meaningfully reduce emissions. It can also help improve air quality and strengthen energy security.”
The term clean renewable energy has been applied to energy derived from a variety of other “natural sources or processes that are constantly replenished”. These other sources include hydropower, geothermal, biomass, ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), and tidal (wave). Due to their limited growth potential or negative environmental impacts, many climate change mitigation advocates do not believe these other sources should be given a high priority.
should include the following core elements:
State-of-the-art energy efficiency technologies and practices must be used to reduce energy consumption to its lowest possible level.
Electricity must replace liquids, gases, and solids as the source of energy
needed for mobility, residential, commercial, governmental, organizational, and industrial uses.
The electricity generating sector must quickly transition from using
carbon-based energy sources to using clean renewable energy sources (wind, solar,
hydro, advanced battery technology, etc.).
All Tulsa residents must be provided affordable energy efficiency options, affordable clean renewable energy for their energy needs, and equal access to job opportunities within the energy conservation and green energy sectors.
The City of Tulsa must work with its business, education, and civic partners to maximize the local production of clean renewable energy and the
number of local energy conservation and green energy jobs.
Biographical & Contact Information for RF100 Tulsa Campaign Co-Organizers
Gary Allison is Professor Emeritus and
former Director of the Sustainable
Energy & Resources Law Program at
The University of Tulsa College of Law,
where he taught Constitutional,
Energy, Environmental, and Water
Law. Gary’s main concern is Climate
Nancy Moran has been a registered nurse
for more than 25 years. She has a masters degree in integrative health and wellness from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. A Fellow of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Nancy’s main concern is Environmental Justice.