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Palm Springs has reduced its greenhouse emissions by 16 percent more than the amount required by the California Air Resources Board.

That reduction is the result of carbon-free electricity provided by Desert Community Energy, a not-for-profit that provides electricity to 80 percent of the city’s residents, according to a statement on the city’s website.

The air resources board is required by law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels to help stop global warming.

“The 100 percent carbon-free plan, combined with other climate friendly policies – bike lanes, electric vehicle charging stations, and a commitment to preserving open space has helped Palm Springs become a leader in sustainability and saving our environment,” the statement reads.  “Carbon-free customers in Palm Springs have reduced greenhouse gas emissions [equal to] taking 20,000 cars off the road.”

Without Desert Community Energy, Palm Springs would have increased its greenhouse gas emissions by five percent during the past 10 years, according to the statement.

Palm Desert and Cathedral City are also members of Desert Community Energy, which is governed by a board of directors made up of elected officials from all three cities.

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