In 2014, Burlington, Vermont, USA, the world’s first city to rely exclusively on sustainable energy, succeeded in powering 42,000 residents’ homes and businesses in a completely sustainable way.
The energy mix from different renewable sources – mostly wind, water and the sun – is the result of a longstanding strategy, completed in ten years of vision and targeted investments. Burlington is an exemplary model for the rest of Vermont, which, with the example set by its biggest city, aims to get 90% of the entire state’s energy from renewable sources.
“The green wave” is changing electricity supply prospects worldwide. At the end of 2018, over 100 cities across the globe were able to use at least 70% renewable energy to satisfy their energy needs, and around 40 of them, including Basil, Switzerland and Reykjavík, Iceland, went 100% green.