Can A City Run On 100% Renewable Energy? The Last Time the Globe Warmed 5 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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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?
Safir
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).
sleeplesseye
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.
SWOBIZ
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.
BIKRAM PATRA
Solar & wind energy is green,clean energy
DMP Me
" New Trees absorb more carbon than old trees "
Curt D
I thought hydro was no longer considered renewable?
ano T
One nuke plant could power almost the entire state
ano T
A city that can never grow because you don't have enough power. Chicago over a million people. What are these people doing to the fish with that hydro power?
Sebastian Altman
@5:58 Is that true? Younger trees soak up more carbon than older trees? What about that older and therefore larger trees sequester more carbon, and so the offset is negligible? I would think that larger trees can soak up more carbon because they have more surface area, volume, cells, and resources to soak up that carbon. Can I please get a citation or source for this statement?
neil kaushik
cool
Chris Malan
According to Wikipedia Burlington only has about 43,000 people - a reasonably sized town, not a city. Try this with a population of 1million.
Keluarga Surya
Incredible city
djbmw1
Hydro has powered towns and cities for hundreds of years. The problem is when you say "100%" because you're then talking about the generators, steel framed buildings, copper wires to run electricity, etc.
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