Power brokers: Boston to join other cities to collectively buy energy from renewable sources

At the start of a series of conferences involving mayors from across the country, Mayor Martin J. Walsh plans to announce Thursday an effort to team up with cities from Orlando to Los Angeles to collectively buy renewable energy, hoping a collaboration of cities will increase their buying power to cut down on costs and spur incentives to create green energy.

Walsh plans to make the announcement at his welcome address at Boston’s first International Mayors Climate Summit at Boston University, a daylong series of workshops on ways communities can team up to combat climate change. The summit will be followed over the next four days by the US Conference of Mayors’ annual meeting, a gathering of more than 250 mayors to discuss and adopt policy resolutions.

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