Burlington Starts Down a Renewable Path

  • Published on February 24th, 2015

The city of Burlington, VT has recently become powered by solely renewable resources.

Burlington, Vermont has set the standard for the nation by converting all of its power sources into renewable ones.

The city had a choice several years ago, to go the natural gas route or to choose renewable resources.

Burlington chose right.

Instead of going the easy route,  the 42,000 person city of Burlington focused its energy into going to the progressive way.

Some critics have argued that Burlington is taking some liberties in calling itself 100 percent solar powered.

It is true that the city relies on an old hydro power plant, which many critics have accused of being less green than many of the alternatives. While that may technically be true, hydro- power is a renewable resource, still making the city’s claim accurate.

The most impressive part about Burlington’s endeavor is that there is nothing remarkable about it’s location. There is not excessive wind or sun, nor an extraordinary amount of rivers. It simply was a matter of the types of decisions made over the course of a decade.

Of course, it would be better if Burlington had used all modern, greener technologies. But this is expensive and would have taken more time and resources than the current endeavor already did.

Hopefully this isn’t the end goal for Burlington. If the city continues on this path it could continue to be a leader in the United States for renewable energy.

The city should strive to make all of its energy sources as green as possible, then start producing more energy than it already uses, so it can sell its power to other cities. That way, Burlington would not only be a green city, but would be aiding others in doing the same.

About the Author

is a freelance writer based out of Albany, NY. Acadia is also an intern at WAMC news in Albany and is the site director of Red, Green and Blue. Acadia was formerly the editor-in-chief of her college newspaper, The Recorder, at Central Connecticut State University. She has freelanced for a handful of local newspapers and was a web intern at the Hartford Courant for a summer.