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Burlington becomes America’s first city to be 100% powered by renewables

10 Feb 2015

The largest city in the state of Vermont in America has grabbed headlines this week for being the first city in the U.S. to be powered 100% by renewables.

Burlington has a population of 42,000 and has facilitated this energy generation change without raising rates since 2009. Reliant on coal a generation ago, the largest share of electricity in the city comes from hydropower, much of which has been purchased from plants running in Maine.

Approximately 20% of the city’s electricity comes from wind power, and a smaller percentage from solar energy.

A smart grid project has also helped the city use energy more efficiently. The city actually uses less energy today than it did in 1989.