Why Georgetown, TX?

This year’s conference will be held in
100% renewable-energy-powered Georgetown, Texas.

 

Former Vice President Al Gore’s new film, “An Inconvenient Sequel,” was released in August and features his visit to Georgetown, Texas.


How Georgetown’s GOP mayor became a hero to climate change evangelists

By Jonathan Tilove - American-Statesman Staff
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dale Ross, the mayor of Georgetown, is the subject of an interview conducted by ARD German television. Under Ross, Georgetown became the first city in Texas and one of the first in the nation to claim to be entirely powered by wind and solar energy, a move that has garnered interest from around the world. Claudia Buckenmaier, senior ARD correspondent and her crew interviews Ross. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Dale Ross, the mayor of Georgetown, is the subject of an interview conducted by ARD German television. Under Ross, Georgetown became the first city in Texas and one of the first in the nation to claim to be entirely powered by wind and solar energy, a move that has garnered interest from around the world. Claudia Buckenmaier, senior ARD correspondent and her crew interviews Ross. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 

Highlights

Dale Ross presided over Georgetown as it became the first Texas city powered entirely by renewable energy.

Ross, a Republican, has become a hero to environmentalists thanks in part to Al Gore.

Ross will be introducing Gore at the GridNEXT 2017 Conference in Georgetown on Monday.

 
 

 
 

GEORGETOWN — In the 14 months since Al Gore came to Georgetown to see for himself the story of this red Texas city’s conversion to solar and wind power, Mayor Dale Ross has become something of an international sensation.

On Tuesday, journalists from “Weltspiegel,” a popular German foreign affairs TV program, were interviewing Ross, the latest reporters to have trekked to this charming city of 65,000, the first and still only Texas city to operate entirely on renewable energy.

On Monday, Ross, a conservative Republican, will be introducing Gore, the former Democratic vice president and climate change guru, who will be the keynote speaker at the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance’s third annual GridNEXT conference being held in Georgetown, 30 miles north of Austin, for the second consecutive year.

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Mayor: Why My Texas Town Ditched Fossil Fuel

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Dale Ross is the mayor of Georgetown, Texas.

Dale Ross is the mayor of Georgetown, Texas.

Georgetown is a city of 54,000 just north of Austin known for beautiful Victorian-era architecture around our historic courthouse square. Founded in 1848, we are home to Southwestern University, a small liberal arts college. The City of Georgetown recently announced that our municipal electric utility will move to 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2017. That probably caught some folks by surprise. A town in the middle of a state that recently sported oil derricks on its license plates may not be where you’d expect to see leaders move to clean solar and wind generation.

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Georgetown on the Radio

Hear GridNEXT speaker Chris Foster, from the City of Georgetown, discuss how the City is going 100% Renewable.

 

There’s a rapidly-growing city in Texas that boasts one of the most renewable-friendly energy programs in the country — and it’s not Austin.

How Georgetown Became Texas’ First 100% Renewable Powered City-Itunes Podcast


Georgetown on the Web

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A 150-megawatt solar power agreement recently finalized, in addition to a 144 megawatt wind power agreement in 2014, will make the City of Georgetown one of the largest municipally-owned utilities in the U.S. to supply its customers with 100 percent solar and wind energy*. The long-term agreements also allow Georgetown to provide competitive electric rates and hedge against price volatility for energy produced by fossil-fuels.

The City of Georgetown signed a power purchase agreement with SunEdison to purchase 150-megawatts of solar power starting in 2016. SunEdison will provide electricity to Georgetown through 2041. The new renewable power contracts signed by Georgetown provide electricity at a lower overall cost than its previous wholesale power contracts.

“SunEdison is very excited to be working with Georgetown Utility Systems to provide their customers with 100 percent renewable, clean energy,” said Paul Gaynor, executive vice president of North America Utility and Global Wind. “Georgetown is an exceptional city, and by going 100 percent renewable they cut down on pollution, save water, and enjoy stable energy prices. They’re able to accomplish all of this without spending a penny up-front with the SunEdison power purchase agreement. Georgetown is a model for other cities that hope to become powered by clean renewable energy.”

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