Burlington: The City that has Managed High Energy Sustainability
by Daniela Carvajal
Burlington, Vermont, is showing us how energy sustainability can change cities. The city has managed to reach a very high sustainability rate on their energy consumption and production by various means of energy production.
According to PBS Newshour, switching from fossil fuel based energy is likely to save about $20 million over the next two decades. Additionally, the citizens of Burlington have not experienced a raise on their electricity bills since 2009.
The city runs successfully with different types of energy, from wind power to solar energy. About 35% of the city’s energy depends on a biomass facility. Another 20% or so is sourced from wind turbines in a neighboring town, as well as solar panels in various locations around the city. However, the biggest portion of Burlington’s power is extracted from hydropower.
This is a great example of how energy sustainability can make a difference for both their citizens and the rest of the environment.