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How Aspen's Transition To 100% Renewable Energy Can Help Other Cities

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More cities in the United States continue to show support for transitioning toward 100 percent renewable energy. Philadelphia, for example, recently announced initiatives they’re taking to reach that goal by 2035. Aspen, Colorado, is a city that was ahead of the curve on attempting to run on maximum sustainability, but they’ve also faced some challenges in getting there.

Aspen set the goal of achieving fully renewable energy back in 2006. It made sense, considering the community was built around their environment in that it benefitted the ski industry. Initially, the city had two hydroelectric plants back in the 1980s, and they decided to turn on a third one to get close to the 100 percent threshold.