Target: Miro Weinberger, Mayor of Burlington, Vermont
Goal: Congratulate Burlington, Vermont for using 100 percent renewable energy.
Burlington, Vermont has just become the first city in the United States to use 100 percent renewable energy. The city of 42,000 people, that was reliant on coal-power just ten years ago, now has a diverse range of energy sources that are completely renewable. The reason for this great change in Burlington’s energy can be traced in large part to the citizens of the city who have invested heavily in projects to bring clean power to the city. This is a great example for all cities across the country and the people of Burlington deserve our congratulations.
Burlington’s power comes from three main sources: wind, water, and earth. Wind power provides the city with about 20 percent of its energy needs, a large biomass power station that burns wood chips and other bio-fuels produces about 30 percent of the city’s energy, and a massive hydroelectric power plant provides the remainder. Not only does the city now have completely renewable energy sources, it was able to make the transition from a coal dominated system, in ten years, without having to raise energy costs since 2009. This means that Burlington has affordable and renewable energy, proving that with enough support it is not only possible, but profitable too. Over the course of the next 20 years the city estimates that it will save $20 million.
The most important thing about this milestone is that it sets a good example for other cities that are hoping to achieve similar results but are afraid that their investments won’t be worthwhile. It shows that green energy is possible and the people of Burlington deserve our congratulations. Their example has shown us that there is no reason to cling to fossil fuels because renewable energy will save the atmosphere and be more profitable in the long run. Please sign here to help this example spread.
Dear Mayor Weinberger,
I am writing today to express a most profound congratulations to you and the citizens of Burlington. Your city is a shining example of what renewable energy should look like and hopefully that example will spread. Many people would like to invest in greener energy sources, but they are worried about short-term losses that they might take. With your city’s dedication and investment in itself however, none can fail to see how truly great the outcomes of renewable energy are.
Over the course of ten years, Burlington has transitioned from a coal-dominant energy system to one of wind, water, and biomass. These energy sources are not only renewable, but will also save your city over $20 million over the course of the next 20 years; and you did it all without drastically raising energy prices. These numbers and examples cannot help but start making a difference and I once again thank and congratulate you. The road to 100 percent renewability everywhere is a long one, but you have just helped us take the first step.
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Photo Credit: Ken Lefebvre via Wikimedia Commons