Citizens of Nassau, New York, a 5,000 person town outside of Albany, have voted to derive 100% of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. The two driving forces behind the change were to increase reliance on renewable sources of energy and to gain some energy independence.

The four year plan includes the installation of solar panels, wind power generators and collection of methane from landfills. Its not the be-all to end-all for what we should be doing as a state and a nation, but its a good first step, said Nassau Supervisor Dave Fleming. From a practical perspective, its possible. We have a lot of people resources in our community.

By removing themselves from a central power grid, the town will be able to keep their lights on if something happens to the main structure. Powerful storms and rising prices of fuel will no long have the dangerous impact it once did.

Much of the drive behind this change came at the climate conference in Paris earlier this month. Nearly 350 US state and local elected officials have announced that they plan on taking their municipality 50% renewable by 2030 and 100% renewable by 2050.

At this point, the need for survival overrides the desire for profits.

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