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Top Ten U.S. Cities Using Renewable Energy

Which of the largest 50 U.S. cities provide citizens with the highest percentage of power produced from renewable energy? SustainLane Government determined the percentage of each city's electricity that comes from renewables.

"The leading cities in renewable energy could have an advantage in any upcoming federal or state regulations aimed at regulating or eliminating greenhouse gas emissions or developing renewable energy standards. If the greenhouse gases that cause climate change get priced, cities with strong renewable energy programs could save a lot of money in the long run and their economies could gain a tax advantage."

"Oakland, California led the nation with 17 percent of its electricity being produced by energy sources such as solar, wind and geothermal energy. Oakland gets some of its wind energy power from one of the largest wind power generating facilities in the nation at nearby Altamont Pass.

"San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose tied for second with 12 percent of their electricity coming from renewable energy sources."

"Some U.S. cities have also set goals for increasing renewable energy ranging from Chicago's 20 percent goal by 2010, to Portland, Oregon's goal of obtaining 100 percent renewable energy by 2010."

"Other cities, such as Austin, Texas, and Portland, Oregon have leading residential and business green choice programs as part of city-owned utility service offerings."

Thanks to Abendigo Reebs

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