5 September 2018
There are now 100 trailblazing cities mostly powered by clean energy.
Not-for-profit environmental impact researcher CDP has reported that of the 570 plus global cities on their books, over 100 get at least 70% of their electricity from renewable sources such as hydro, geothermal, solar and wind.
The list includes large cities such as Auckland (New Zealand); Nairobi (Kenya); Oslo (Norway); Seattle (USA) and Vancouver (Canada), and is more than double the 40 cities who reported that they were powered by at least 70% clean energy in 2015.*
London-based CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) also published that 40 cities claim to be 100 percent powered by renewable sources.**
Cities powered by 100% renewable electricity include:
Burlington, USA: Vermont’s largest city now obtains 100% of its electricity from wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. The city has its own utility and citywide grid. In September 2014 the local community approved the city’s purchase of its ‘Winooski One’ Hydroelectric Facility.
Reykjavik, Iceland: sources all electricity from hydropower and geothermal, and is now working to make all cars and public transit fossil-free by 2040. Iceland has almost entirely transitioned to clean energy for power and household heating.
Basel, Switzerland: is 100% renewable powered by its own energy supply company. Most electricity comes from hydropower and 10% from wind. In May 2017 Switzerland voted to phase out nuclear power in favour of renewable energy.
read more: www.originenergy.com.au 5-09-2018