In 2017, Georgetown, TX–a quaint Austin suburb–claimed to be the largest U.S. city to go 100% renewable. The city’s mayor, a self-proclaimed “conservative Republican,” said the decision was powered by the promise of low energy prices. But early in 2020, Georgetown quietly reneged on its promise, as electricity prices started to rise and the city started to buy electricity from fossil fuel sources. This piece explores what happened in Georgetown, and what the town’s roller coaster ride can tell us about how to move towards a truly green energy future.
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