The Greenest City in the United States: Oakland, California
According to a survey conducted by SustainLane.us, the number one city in the United States for renewable energy is Oakland, California with 17% of its energy coming from renewable sources. Second place was a three-way tie between San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento with 12% of their energy coming from renewable sources. In fact, six of the top ten greenest cities in the United States were in California. San Diego came in 5th with 8% of its energy deriving from green sources and Los Angeles came in 7th with 5%. According to SustainLane the reason for the strong showing of Californian cities is due to the California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard that requires the state’s utilities to derive 20% of its energy from renewable sources.
Chicago came in tenth place with 2.5%. Chicago, using its own renewable portfolio standard, aims to have 20% of its energy come from renewable sources by 2010.
Here’s the ful top ten list:
|2.||Sacramento/SF/San Jose, CA||(12%)*|
|5.||San Diego, CA||(8%)|
|7.||Los Angeles, CA||(5%)|
SustainLane US City Rankings data 2006/2007
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