Wednesday, December 16, 2015

DUUF Resolution on Denton Renewable Energy Plan

Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has been a faith community in Denton since the 1950's. We currently have over 150 members and represent a diverse group of homeowners, renters, families, students, retirees, and individuals that span our fair city.

We as individuals, and a larger congregation, have been following the ongoing discussion of DME’s Renewable Energy plan for providing our community its energy needs for future decades. We feel it is important to become engaged in this decision-making process. On Sunday, December 6, 2015 our congregation voted overwhelmingly to approve the following resolution for your consideration:
Resolution Toward a Progressive Energy Plan
  • Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. Two of those principles inspire us to speak with you regarding the question of Denton’s future energy plan.
  • Our fifth Principle is “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” We value living in a democracy and having the right to speak to our leaders and share our values with all of you.
  • Our seventh Principle is “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Part of that principle speaks to our shared concern for our environmental footprint and the world we are borrowing from our children. This Principle also reminds us to care for others and to be mindful about how our choices impact them.
  • We are proud to live in a city that is currently sourcing over 40% of its energy from renewable resources and offers the GreenSense Incentive Program.
  • We are delighted that DME has presented a plan for renewable energy with a goal of 70% renewables by 2019.
  • We appreciate the leadership that City Council, staff and electricity provider have shown in making renewable energy a priority in this conversation. Renewable energy reduces the public health, habitat loss, and pollution costs that occur with the extraction and burning of fossil fuels.
  • We are grateful that the dialogue also includes issues of cost and how decisions about how we source our energy may impact Denton’s families, especially those most financially vulnerable.
  • We wish to express our gratitude to have enjoyed reliable energy all these years due to the decisions by previous leadership and staff.
  • We are pleased that our Council members are listening and have slowed the current energy decision-making process to ensure they and the larger community understand the Renewable Energy Plan.

We understand the complexity of the decision in front of you and hope you will remember the following as you deliberate:

1. We believe that reaching 100% renewable energy generation is an essential goal for not only our city, but the entire planet. The role that our energy plan plays in those long term goals may be debated, but we hope that as Council considers current and future proposals, they will give more attention and consideration to proposals that include higher percentages of renewable energy.

2. We are wary about investing in any fossil fuel based production equipment. While we understand the complexity of trying to balance reliability, cost, and environmental impact, we do not think this component fits with the progressive leadership you have shown on this issue. We hope you will consider any long-term investment in fossil fuel production with thoughtful research, unhurried deliberation, and ears tuned to the progressive aspirations of your Denton citizens.