For the last few years, Vermont has emerged as one of the leading advocates for clean energy in the United States. Governor Peter Shumlin (D), during his first term in office, has made it one of his central goals to improve the energy efficiency of the state, as well as encouraging other parts of the country to follow suit. Now, a major milestone has been passed in the mission for green energy.
According to the Washington Post, as of Sunday, September 14, Vermont's largest city now runs on 100 percent renewable sources of power. Burlington, Vermont supplies the nearly 43,000 people who live there with electricity and other energy completely through the use of wind, water and biomass technology. It is part of a larger goal to decrease the carbon footprint of the entire state.
There is a statewide goal of supplying 90 percent of Vermont's energy through these clean sources by the year 2050. Citizens have increasingly been urging their electricity providers to have clean energy options, and the utilities are fully listening to the requests of the public. The Burlington Electric Department and Washington Electric Co-operative are leading the charge already in Burlington.
"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, the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service, said in a public statement.
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