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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Green electricity offered in Heidelberg

May 30, 2007

Heidelberg (Germany), through its publicly-owned energy supplier, provides its citizens electricity from renewable sources.

The city has an agreement with the energy supplier Stadtwerke Heidelberg to procure 25 percent green electricity, equivalent to 7 million kilowatt hours.  This is equal to the amount of power needed to provide energy to all the schools and nurseries in Heidelberg. 

The resulting reducing in greenhouse gas emissions is 4,400 tons per year. 

The utility is developing new sources of renewable energy to feed energy demands in the city.  These include the installation of sixteen photovoltaic systems, and a biogas district heating plant.

Fossil-fuel based power is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.  Green power from renewable energy sources emit no or low greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.  Green power can include electricity generated exclusively from renewable resources including wind, hydro-electric or solar power – or electricity produced from a combination of fossil and renewable resources.  For more information on the generation and use of green power at the local level, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Heidelberg is one of 166 local governments in Europe that are currently Membesr of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Europe, please visit www.iclei.org/europe