Colorado’s famous winter sports town is the third city in the United States to run entirely on renewable energy. It follows Burlington, Vermont and Greensburg, Kansas.
According to city officials, Colorado is now able to meet its entire energy needs using wind, solar and geothermal energy. The shift follows a “decade-plus” goal, said utilities and environmental initiatives director David Hornbacher.
“It was a very forward-thinking goal and truly remarkable achievement,” Hornbacher is quoted in the Aspen Times. “This means we are powered by the forces of nature, predominately water and wind with a touch of solar and landfill gas.”
The city transitioned to 100 per cent renewable energy on August 27. Before that, it had been using around 75 to 80 per cent renewable energy, reports the article. The city eliminated coal and boosted its wind power facilities to replace the remaining 20 to 25 per cent of non-renewable energy, said Will Dolan, a former city project coordinator.
As the Aspen Times reports, the city receives its wind energy from four wind farms in Nebraska and South Dakota and hydroelectric power from Ruedi Reservoir, Maroon Creek and Ridgway Reservoir in Colorado.
While city officials are proud of their accomplishment and plan to celebrate with an electric-pride party, “we hope we can inspire others to achieve these higher goals,” Hornbacher said.