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Published on May 25th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan


Renewable Cities Highlights

May 25th, 2015 by  

As I mentioned yesterday, I think that Renewable Cities was the best conference I’ve ever attended. A huge reason for that was how practically oriented it was — there was a repeated emphasis on taking home for practical implementation lessons, information, and very specific suggestions from other forum participants. As just one example of that, the Mayor of Vancouver and the Deputy City Manager at one point sat on stage and took advice from members of the audience on how to get Vancouver to 100% renewable energy (a recently announced target). They sat there taking notes from various experts for about 30 minutes! The Neighborhood Energy Manager and other city staff were sitting there taking notes as well.

Renewable Cities was packed with top-notch professionals with wonderful stories and advice, bringing a lot of inspiration to the crowd. Renewable Cities organizers and volunteers were busy throughout the event working to summarize it and highlight top quotes from participants. Below is a long series of my favorite tweets from the event. (Note that it takes awhile for all of those embedded tweets to load, so be patient or grab a snack or something if they haven’t loaded for you once you get down there.)

Of course, one other thing that I guess I loved about the conference was that I was really in my element — it was the stuff we read and write about every day here on Important Media. In fact, there were dozens of CleanTechnica readers there. It seemed that 80–90% of the people I talked to were CleanTechnica readers!

If you missed Renewable Cities, I encourage you to join in next time, whether you work in a cleantech sector or are simply a passionate citizen. Unfortunately, I think the next one won’t be for another three years…. In the meantime, keep reading CleanTechnica and enjoy these tweets (starting with a few featuring a skinny, short-haired guy you might recognize):


Note that I retweeted all of those just this weekend. It’s not too late — do the same! 😀

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

  • Ernie

    It’s worth noting that it’s pretty easy for Vancouver to promise such things, since we already get at least 85% of our electricity from renewable resources. British Columbia is all about Big Hydro.

    It would be another thing entirely for Dallas or Phoenix to even make a 40% commitment to renewables, and probably a much bigger deal. Here, transportation is the biggest contributor to poor air quality.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Dallas, bad choice of cities –

      “Dallas uses the most renewable energy of any city in the country thanks to the purchase of wind energy credits, the Environmental Protection Agency said this week,.

      City leaders approved a contract in June with energy provider TXU requiring that half of the energy for city operations come from renewable resources. In 2014, Dallas paid Invenergy Renewable $1.3 million to buy credits for another 50 percent of operations, so the city has credit for 100 percent renewable energy, staff said.


      • Ernie

        The point I’m trying to make here is that Dallas arrived at the starting point late. You couldn’t even make that claim 15 years ago, yet Vancouver has been using 100% renewable power at many times through its history. And we currently have a lot less ground to cover to make it to 100%.

        Politicians love “challenges” that are easy to achieve and look good in the press. Mostly they just have to do a little talking and not much actual work. If the mayor of Dallas made the same pledge, it would cost a lot more money, take a lot more work, be a lot riskier, and be an accomplishment a lot more worthy of crowing about.

  • Go Zach! We’re proud of you.

  • Rikaishi Rikashi

    Please tell me there is a video of those suggestions from experts. I would like to show it to my local government.

    Australia’s federal gov’ is owned by coal miners and burners. They’re viciously hostile to renewables so we need to go around them.

  • Matt

    Vancouver gets a lot of green press claiming it wants to be the greenest city in the world. While at the same time planning massive expansion of export infrastructure for coal, oil, tar sands. I think Vancouver is a great city, but sorry they are taking the role of a crack dealer. Don’t use it myself, just providing a service.

    • Will E

      agree, same goes for Queensland Australia, going green and shipping out massive coal. Cities should meet once a year and there must be an
      Edison award for cities for
      best Solar Power,
      best Wind Power
      best EV regulations
      and so on.
      and it should become worldwide competition like
      Eurovision Songfestival

      people like competition and loosers will do their best next time.
      a glossy glamour renewable festival.
      with people voting.
      Amsterdam 12 points.
      and the winner is????——— Amsterdam
      or NY or SF.

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