Around the world 100 cities source more than 70 per cent of their power from renewables, according to a new analysis which reveals the crucial role clean energy already plays in powering the world’s economic hubs. Data published today by investor-backed non-profit CDP reveals that hydropower, geothermal, wind, and solar power were the dominant majority power source for 100 cities worldwide last year, including major urban centres such as Vancouver, Seattle and Auckland. The number of cities sourcing more than 70 per cent of their power from renewables has more than doubled from the 42 cities who reached the 70 per cent benchmark the last time CDP reported on the issue back in 2015. Meanwhile more than 40 cities in the rankings now operate on 100 per cent renewable electricity, including Basel in Switzerland and Reykjavík in Iceland. Reykjavík, for example, sources all its electricity from hydropower and geothermal, while Basel relies on a mix of hydropower and wind energy.
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