Celebrating Independence in the World of Renewables


This Fourth of July, we’re celebrating a little more than patriotism and fireworks. All around the US (and the world), cities, towns, and businesses are finding a different kind of independence—an independence from dirty, costly fossil fuels.

In fact, four places in the US have already taken this step. Within three years, Burlington, VT, Greensburg, KS, and Aspen, CO, all went 100% renewable, followed by Kodiak Island, AK.

Other cities are taking the same initiative. San Diego, the 8th largest city in the world, made a legally-binding commitment to go 100% renewable by 2035. San Francisco will do the same, but at an even more ambitious target of 2030. By 2017, Palo Alto will supply all electricity demand with onsite and utility-generated renewable energy.

Los Angeles recently joined the trend. While they do not have a set date, the city has directed its municipal utilities to develop a plan for a transition to 100% renewables. This past winter, an uncontrolled natural gas leak from the Aliso Canyon Facility in Northern LA forced many locals to evacuate their homes. Residents are now adamant about keeping the facility shut down. “We cannot go back to business as usual,” said senior organizer with Food and Water Watch,Alexandra Nagy.

Cities outside of California are making commitments as well. East Hampton, NY, recently set a goal to be supplied with 100% renewable energy by 2030. The Ready For 100 Campaign, started by the Sierra Club, is making great progress in their movement to get citizens, businesses, and governments using 100% renewables by 2050.

This movement extends beyond the USA. Places like Lower Austria, La Paz, Mexico, Vancouver, Canada, Norway, and Iceland are all well on their way to leaving fossil fuels in the past. Read more about the places and organizations implementing 100% renewable projects here.

What does an independence from fossil fuels mean?

It means a world in which everyone has access to affordable, clean, and reliable energy. At UGE, it is our mission to help achieve this future.

So here’s to liberty, justice, and renewables!

Happy Independence Day, from UGE.