City in Kansas switches to almost 100% renewables and saves $100k on energy bills

The change will help the local authority meet its 100% renewable energy goal earlier than its initial target of 2025

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The city of Lawrence in Kansas is planning to source approximately 98% of its electricity from wind energy for the next 20 years.

The switch is forecast to save the city $100,000 (£79,000) every year on its energy bills.

The upgrade, which comes as part of an agreement with the energy company Evergy, will help the local authority to purchase 8MW of wind energy and meet earlier its 100% renewable energy goal for municipal operations, originally set for 2025.

Jasmin Moore, County Sustainability Director, said: “Achieving our first goal for clean, renewable energy for city operations a full four years ahead of schedule is a huge achievement and will have a dramatic impact on our city’s greenhouse gas emissions profile.”