Can A City Run On 100% Renewable Energy? The Last Time the Globe Warmed 7 months ago   14:29

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In 2014 Burlington, Vermont became the first city in the United States to run on 100% Renewable Energy. But how do they actually do it? What’s their secret?

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Neile Lunderville, Miro Weinberger, Mike Kanarick, Dave MacDonnell, Jon Clark and the Burlington Electric Department

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Comments 1037 Comments

Greg Hamilton
So how long till they run the forest out of topsoil?
harland fazardo
Are they connected to a power grid, if so then there not really running on only renewable energy
Killah Priest
possible... just gotta figure out how to fix the battery problem... theres a lot of ethical shit burning wood its not as green as what people think it is
Geo T
It's a complete lie (on a Trumpian scale) to claim that things built and maintained with fossil fuels are "100% renewable." The worst part of it is industrial wind power, the most invasive form of sprawl ever created, and it really doesn't reduce carbon. See these links:
Henri Sakakini
Learn how to use clean solar alternative power
Carlos Ortiz
Where do the woodchips from the train come from?
Elijah Thompson
What about bamboo
why they dont do that for the entire usa , instead of investing huge sums of money in weapons and wars and army usa can invest a small amount of war money in clean green energy
CAG Hotshot
This video makes me laugh... This is no different than burning coal... Same CO2 output... No reductions. Yet all the Millennials are eating it up... Burning biomass needs scrubbers just like coal or oil.. Burning natural gas is actually cleaner than biomass... and there is enough natural gas to power the US for 400 years... Also if the wind dies out or cloudy days come they have to buy the same power... Essentially this is pretty much the same as any other power company, but a bit dirtier due to the wood chip burning...
david scott
so you can harvest trees to power your home, but you cannot harvest trees to build you home. what is the CO2 footprint for producing wood chips as opposed the CO2 footprint for producing naturau gas?
In my opinion we should genetically engineer a tree that grows extremely quickly. That could reduce the amount of space people need the trees to grow in.
Mark Heslep
It "felt nice"? Does this PBS idiot also review medical technology, maybe brain surgery.
Mark Heslep
Of course, dozens of entire countries run on RE in the form hydro electric power. Intermittent power like solar and wind does not run anything 100%. Burning up trees doesnt scale nor should it given the traditional emissions like particulates and NOx (a lot more per unit than coal).
Their secret is that they falsely claim that burning trees is green, because trees grow back.
The American Lung Assoc. said that such plants create about 50% more pollution and CO2 than coal plants, and that none of the plants in question have any kind of requirement or plan for making sure that the trees that are chipped and burned by the plants are actually regrown.
It is literally like burning down the Amazon and calling it green, because trees grow back... albeit much later, and only if the trees are allowed to regrow.
Not one mention of cost, except for the unquestioned assertion that government conservation subsidies are cheaper than buying grid power. At least they do admit that fluctuating renewable output must be backed up by reliable grid power. Otherwise, there would be brown outs and black outs in Burlington.
jessie mayfield
This place is cool af, and I love cities like this
David Herrera
Costa Rica has been living with renewable energy for more than a year.
Adventures with Frodo
It is not very green it is releasing a lot of CO2. Twin Falls ID has been existed with renewable resource for more then 50yrs. Burlington suxs.
Solar & wind energy is green,clean energy
" New Trees absorb more carbon than old trees "
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