While few local governments have taken any serious steps to address for the pending climate crisis, the city of Burlington, Vermont—home to roughly 42,000 people—now boasts a 100 percent renewable energy supply.
Earlier this month, Burlington Electric Department announced the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski One hydroelectric project on the Winooski River located on the city’s edge, allowing the city to achieve their long-standing goal of complete renewable power generation. The utility will now get about one-third of its power from two hydroelectric stations, Winooski and Hydro-Québec, one-third from wind energy, and one-third from the Joseph C. McNeil Generating Station—a biomass facility that primarily uses leftover wood chips.
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Announcing the deal, Mayor Miro Weinberger said that the transition to completely renewable power allows the city to achieve their climate action goals as well as secure both a stable and low cost energy supply.
“It shows that we’re able to do it, and we’re able to do it cost effectively in a way that makes Vermonters really positioned well for the future,” Christopher Recchia, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service, told the Associated Press.
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