Who would have thought that Georgetown, Texas, a red city in a red state, would lead the way in clean energy and be running on 100% renewables? Hat’s off to the Mayor, Dale Ross, for seeing the economic and ecological benefits of going green. This decision has helped attract green minded corporations that have invested millions into the city.
“It’s a great economic development tool because there’s a lot of high-quality companies in this country that have robust green energy policies. Wal-Mart is one of them,” said Ross in a radio interview. “The Wal-Mart in Georgetown can report to Bentonville that every kilowatt of energy that they bought last year was green energy from either wind or solar.”
One of the benefits that helped convince the city to go green was that the cost of renewable energy was more steady and predictable than traditional sources. For a city working with a set budget, that’s huge. This was all made possible by the foresight of the Governor to build the infrastructure needed to deliver the clean energy from the pan handle to the cities of Texas.
I wish that Greg Walden, who’s the Committee on Energy and Commerce chairman, had shown the same leadership and vision that some of his other party members have. It’s time for new representation that envisions our sun soaked congressional district as the powerhouse that fuels all of Oregon and neighboring states with renewable energy. It’s time we take advantage of our high desert sunshine and use it to create green energy careers with infrastructure projects, energy management and maintenance. Transitioning to 100% renewables is just the smart thing to do. It’s good for attracting new companies, it’s good for new jobs, it’s good for city budgeting, it’s good for our health and it’s good for the planet.
Great ideas and efforts are what we need in our farmlands, cities, states and capitol. It shouldn’t matter if it comes from a Republican or Democrat, if it makes economic and environmental sense then we all should get behind it and help it prosper. I’m for supporting good initiatives that help the prosperity of District 2 and the nation, no matter who serves up the idea.
Here’s a great infographic regarding what Oregon can look forward to if we go 100% renewables by 2050:
100% Oregon Energy Infographic