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Saving Cash and the Planet: A Texas Town Votes for 100% Renewable Energy

Last year, Burlington became the first U.S. city to use 100% renewable energy. That radical plan might be expected in ultra-green, classically liberal Vermont. But now comes news from The Guardian that a similar size Texas town has chosen the same energy future. Georgetown, population 47,000, is noted for its historic Victorian buildings, the oldest university in the state (Southwestern University, founded 1840), and a high percentage (one-third) of retirees. The culture and politics of the area are certified Texan conservative. So why use 100% renewable energy for its power? Turns out that it’s the cheapest of the city’s options. So Georgetown has signed an agreement with SunEdison to provide all electricity within the city’s service area from wind and solar power by 2017. “It’s just business,” said one resident. Business, better, I’d say.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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