Right now Austin receives 5 percent of its energy from either wind, solar or landfill methane power; well short of hitting the 50 percent mark.What a cool idea! Perhaps something like this could get other cities (like, say, St. Louis) more involved in renewable energy development. Cities do like cool titles...
Austin can expect plenty of competition from other cities for the clean energy title, [Solar Austin Co-Director Jane] Pulaski said.
"Places like Portland, Seattle, Phoenix, Chicago, New York, New Jersey," Pulaski said.
The Union of Concerned Scientists will be in charge of establishing the rules, metrics and qualifications for the contest.
Solar Austin expects to have cities signed up to compete by early next year. Austin will be both the host and a competitor in the first year.
Austin's Green Choice program already sells more renewable energy to customers than any other program in the country.
Categories: renewables, energy, competition, Austin, Texas