Georgetown, Texas has announced that it will be switching its energy generation methods so that the city will only use 100% renewable energy. This is a big story because the town was known for caring very little about its carbon-footprint. For this reason, this Texas city's decision has shocked many. Jim Briggs, Georgetown's interim city manager, has said that the switch has nothing to do with going green and everything to do with cost efficiency. After analyzing research, the city's experts have acknowledged that renewable energy is cheaper than non-renewable. A fantastic and insightful comment. Great to see more proof of solar coming of age for its financial benefit. As we've said before, it often makes more sense for us to speak with the Chief Financial Officer than the Chief Sustainability Officer --because the numbers are so good in solar's favour.
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News that a Texas city is to be powered by 100% renewable energy sparked surprise in an oil-obsessed, Republican-dominated state where fossil fuels are king and climate change activists were described as “the equivalent of the flat-earthers” by US senator and GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.
“I was called an Al Gore clone, a tree-hugger,” says Jim Briggs, interim city manager of Georgetown, a community of about 50,000 people some 25 miles north of Austin.
Briggs, who was a key player in Georgetown’s decision to become the first city in the Lone Star State to be powered by 100% renewable energy, has worked for the city for 30 years. He wears a belt with shiny silver decorations and a gold ring with a lone star motif, and is keen to point out that he is not some kind of California-style eco-warrior with a liberal agenda. In fact, he is a staunchly Texan pragmatist.
“I’m probably the furthest thing from an Al Gore clone you could find,” he says. “We didn’t do this to save the world – we did this to get a competitive rate and reduce the risk for our consumers.”