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Las Vegas just became the largest US city to run on 100% renewable energy

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The city of Las Vegas officially achieved a milestone last week, when Boulder Solar 1 — a solar power plant on the edge of Boulder City, Nevada — went live. According to the Huffington Post, the plant’s acres of solar panels will provide 100% of the city’s municipal power, excluding commercial and residential buildings.

It’s something Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman is particularly proud of.

“We can brag that the city, this city of Las Vegas, is one of the few cities in the entire world that can boast using all of its power from a green source,” Goodman said Monday at a press conference.

City officials had been working toward this goal since 2008, when they first began the transition to renewable energy. Since then, the city has saved some $5 million a year, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Las Vegas serves as a model for at least a dozen cities across the United States hoping to achieve the same goal. An August report from the Sierra Club, a New York City-based grassroots environmental organization, presented case studies on 10 cities that have made “ambitious commitments to be powered by 100% renewable energy,” including East Hampton, New York; Georgetown, Texas; and San Francisco.

Meanwhile, Burlington, Vermont; Aspen, Colorado; Columbia, Maryland; and Greensburg, Kansas, like Las Vegas, are already powering their cities solely on renewable resources.

President-elect Donald Trump has shrugged off the threat of climate change, primarily because he finds it to be scientifically dubious. He also believes moving away from fossil fuels has cost too many Americans their jobs.

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But a commitment to a more sustainable future can create jobs too: According to the 2015 National Solar Jobs Census, solar employment has been steadily increasing since 2013 and the solar industry has been creating jobs at 12 times the rate of overall employment growth in the U.S. economy.

No matter what climate deniers say, it won’t deter city officials from realizing greener, cleaner change in their cities.

“When we say something’s going to happen, it’s going to happen,” Goodman said Monday.

Business Insider



70 Comments on "Las Vegas just became the largest US city to run on 100% renewable energy"

  1. Harquebus on Sat, 24th Dec 2016 5:26 pm 

    Solar Pv has become cheaper because, instead of processing the toxic byproducts, China now dumps them into the local the environment.

  2. Boat on Sat, 24th Dec 2016 6:11 pm 

    ape,

    Yes brother ape, but the last couple years renewables have taken a bigger share of new electrical demand than nat gas. If you go back 10 years like the study did nat gas was the bigger player.
    By 2020 renewables will be close to taking over new demand percentages worldwide. Remember it has just been the last couple years prices have become so low to be the the lowest cost btu.
    Turbines installed 10 years ago are like computers. Every few years make the older versions look like tech dinosaurs.

  3. GregT on Sat, 24th Dec 2016 8:29 pm 

    There is no such thing as renewable energy Boat. Even the Sun itself, the ultimate source of all of our energy, is not renewable.

    Call them what they really are, fossil fuel extenders, and a bridge to a vastly less complex, and technological society.

  4. rockman on Sat, 24th Dec 2016 9:26 pm 

    Looker – might be the biggest hindrance to alt expansion: expecting it to be done by the federal govt. Electricity generation and consumption are local dynamics…not national. The federal govt didn’t spend $7 BILLION to upgrade the Texas electricity grid…our state did. Local utilities developed rate schedules that made investments in wind power economically viable…not the US govt. The wind farm builders cut deals with landowners for the rights…not the federal govt. The state of Texas offered and issued offshore wind leases to our industry industrty…not the federal govt.

    Granted there are some minor perks the feds can offer but so far those havern’t achieved much. Since Texas wasn’t part of either of the two national electric grids we didn’t have to get other states and the feds to cooperate in our expansion efforts.

    Don’t know much the alt details in CA but I would betthe state govt gets the bulk of tyhe credit and not feds. The folks on the east coast have been fighting the feds more then 10 years over wind development in FEDERAL WATERS.

    Bottom line: if the locals and their politicians don’t push hard we are going to see a very slow growth of national alt energy growth regardless of who the POTUS might be.

  5. Truth Has A Liberal Bias on Sun, 25th Dec 2016 12:59 am 

    Renewable lol what a crock of shit. Solar panels are manufactured, distributed and maintained with 100% fossil fuel inputs. More hopium from the fucking retards too stupid to think for themselves.

  6. dave thompson on Sun, 25th Dec 2016 1:36 am 

    Business Insider article is the the tell. How does solar work at night? How does hydro work when the river is dry? how are wind turbines maintained?

  7. makati1 on Sun, 25th Dec 2016 1:55 am 

    When you try to point out the obvious to the techies, they put their fingers in their ears and go: LA LA LA LA LA I can’t hear you!

  8. Cloggie on Sun, 25th Dec 2016 3:12 am 

    When you try to point out the obvious to the techies, they put their fingers in their ears and go: LA LA LA LA LA I can’t hear you!

    You still owe me an answer on the question as formulated in my post of Sat, 24th Dec 2016 7:59 am when I calculated for you that wind turbines can very well “generate themselves”, independent of fossil fuel.

    But of course that answer you are never going to give me. You are not interested in figures, just in the grandiose unsubstantiated total collapse view, the Greatest Show on Earth.

    The only one who is putting his fingers in his ears are you, who seeks to rationalize and project his societal death wish onto global society as a whole.

    Anglosphere had its two centuries and is now going down as the planetary overlord and it is that premonition what is really behind all this Anglo doom. Because if it is clear for all to see that America is not going to be the center of a single world state, as anticipated by its deep state since the turn of the century, more than 100 years ago, plan B will kick in, as initiated by the deplorables, who will attempt to escape from the designs of the Sanhedrin. And that is the only reason why you are in Manila: to escape a civil war and not EROEI or fossil fuel depletion.

  9. Cloggie on Sun, 25th Dec 2016 3:40 am 

    Looker – might be the biggest hindrance to alt expansion: expecting it to be done by the federal govt. Electricity generation and consumption are local dynamics…not national.

    Let’s look at some really big projects underway or finished and I am aware of…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Array

    In March 2009, the backers agreed on an initial investment of €2.2 billion. Financing of phase 1 was achieved through the European Investment Bank and the Danish Export Credit Fund with £250 million.

    http://www.ns.nl/en/about-ns/energy/sustainable-energy.html

    In a few months time the complete Dutch national rail system will be powered by wind. The dedicated wind farms are owned by ENECO, an electricity producer and the power sold to Dutch Rail. No government participation.

    Here a list of all Dutch offshore wind parks so far:

    http://tinyurl.com/jpe87l9

    Owners are power companies. No government participation.

    Next under construction will be the Borssele I-V wind parks (to be carried out by Dong and Shell). With an average wind speed of 9.5 m/s this is a gold mine in terms of energy payback time. Government subsidy 5-7 cent/kwh.

    Google has large data centers in the Dutch Groningen province that fully operate on wind energy.

    Apple in the US invests in solar parks in California and uses the electricity for itself.

    Summarizing you see that these initiatives are funded both by governments and private parties. For private parties it is definitely a motive to obtain a “green image”.

    As long as it works, that’s fine.

  10. Davy on Sun, 25th Dec 2016 4:44 am 

    Good point Rock “Electricity generation and consumption are local dynamics…not national.” We often discuss alternative energies on this board as if they are national issues. Here in Missouri we have done little but our neighbors to the west have been adding capacity and we are buying it as part of our package of sources.

  11. onlooker on Sun, 25th Dec 2016 6:06 am 

    Cloggie Europe works a little different than the US. In the US, the States have much more autonomy and their own budgets and priorities. And as Rock stated the energy situation tends to be uniquely local. I do however commend Europe of all places they seem to be the area most on the Alternative Renewable bandwagon.

  12. makati1 on Sun, 25th Dec 2016 6:39 am 

    Clog, I gave you the answer in many steps. You chose to put your fingers in your ears and go LALALALA, I cannot hear you. I don’t waste my time on idiots. Young or old.

  13. rockman on Sun, 25th Dec 2016 9:22 am 

    “Renewable lol what a crock of shit. Solar panels are manufactured, distributed and maintained with 100% fossil fuel inputs.” IOW using the same fossil fuels that developed and maintains our production of oil, NG and coal. If the energy source is working so well in one area (such record global oil production as well as record US NG production) difficult to imagine it doing so in a much lower energy intensive effort as solar panels. I imagine one could use the same energy to build the solar panels for a small city that’s being used to develop any of the current multi $BILLION Deep Water fields underway. If there’s enough for one then there’s enough for the other. Especially when one considers how many DW projects have been delayed/cancelled.

  14. Cloggie on Sun, 25th Dec 2016 11:06 am 

    Clog, I gave you the answer in many steps. You chose to put your fingers in your ears and go LALALALA, I cannot hear you. I don’t waste my time on idiots. Young or old.

    No you didn’t, just posting unsubstantiated claims. You asked me rethorically if I knew how many windturbines were needed to melt icon to build a new turbine, clearly suggesting that you thought it could be 2 or more. I invested some time to calculate it and it turned out to be three days, or on thirty years that would be 3/10000=0,0003 windturbine.

    In other words you have absolutely no clue of any proportion whatsoever. No wonder you despise “techie dreamers” because they destroy your world view with a simply calculation. Your approach is that of a scifi writer who can make up things as you go.

  15. Cloggie on Sun, 25th Dec 2016 11:08 am 

    icon=iron

  16. banjo on Sun, 25th Dec 2016 7:05 pm 

    the plant’s acres of solar panels will provide 100% of the city’s municipal power, excluding commercial and residential buildings.

    Amazing I didn’t realize I went 100% solar at my home 25 years ago. Excluding home appliances, TV and cooking my solar powered calculator was 100% renewable energy. Nice

  17. Wolfie52 on Sun, 25th Dec 2016 7:32 pm 

    This makes it sound like the entire glittering city is powered by solar. You can’t even get past the 2nd paragraph until you realize that they are basically talking about city GOVERNMENT buildings! Very small potatoes!

    In case you missed it: “…the plant’s acres of solar panels will provide 100% of the city’s municipal power, excluding commercial and residential buildings.”

    This is why we vote for fools and idiots: we can’t read and interpret what we read.

    Like Trump…follow the bouncing ball…sheez

  18. kanute on Tue, 27th Dec 2016 4:33 pm 

    excluding commercial and residential buildings…

    what a joke

  19. Lisa White on Thu, 29th Dec 2016 9:34 am 

    This is a very misleading headline to the point that it is a falsehood. It should read that Las Vegas’ city government buildings are now running on entirely renewable energy. This is a good step forward but no where near the whole city.

  20. Jerome Purtzer on Fri, 30th Dec 2016 10:50 am 

    Las Vegas, the Adult Disneyland of the world would probably need to cover the entire state in solar panels to fire up all the lights on the strip. Perhaps they can invent a pole dancing turbine-then drooling men will be subsidizing the energy needs of LV. Viva Las Vegas!

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