Largest City in Vermont Becomes the First in the U.S. to Run on 100% Renewable Electricity



We live in a world where “clean energy” means different things to different people, and the truth can always be adjusted, for a price tag of millions of dollars in public relations spin, of course.

But even as companies like the infamous mega-polluter Monsanto and pro-fracking organizations spend millions to convince us their ways of doing things are “safe,” other companies and even entire cities are finding new ways to get things right.

America still has a long way to go in the field of renewable energy, but one particular city, the largest in its state, has made a huge leap that will hopefully be emulated.



Windmills, Solar Power and Much More

Vermont and its cities don’t make a whole lot of headlines, but the city of Burlington, its largest, recently did when it announced it now officially produces more power than its citizens use.

And according to this article from PBS, it’s all coming from renewable energy sources like hydroelectric, wind and solar power.

The city (which had a population of over 42,000 as of the 2010 Census) is likely to save about $20 million over the next two decades thanks to its commitment to renewable energy.

And even though customers’ utility bills have gradually increased across the United States in the past few years, Burlington’s haven’t increased since 2009, the PBS article notes.

A Vermont-based solar panel project. PHOTO/Screen capture from suncommon's YouTube channel, click the picture to see more .

A Vermont-based solar panel project. PHOTO/Screen capture from Suncommon’s YouTube channel, click the picture to see more.



How Burlington Does It

According to the article, a little more than a third of Burlington’s renewable energy is produced at a biomass facility (scrap wood and more is burned for steam), another 20% comes from wind turbines, and the biggest percentage comes from hydropower.

Some people including one Sandra Levine of the Conservation Law Foundation are a little wary of using the term “100% renewable,” however, as you’ll see in the video below from PBS.

But one thing’s for sure: Burlington’s model is an excellent start and one all other U.S. cities can learn a thing or two from. Check it out here:

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