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Denmark's Renewable Energy Island Comes of Age

A small Danish island with only 3,700 year-round residents, Samsø just passed the twenty-year mark in a campaign to supply all of its energy needs from local renewable resources. I visited Samsø as part of a study tour organized for a delegation of Washington State policymakers by Seattle-based iSustain and Evergreen College's Center for Sustainable Infrastructure.

Legislators from both sides of the aisle, executive agency officials, and utility representatives participated in the trip; I was the sole East Coast interloper. Though hailing from different political camps, the participants grappled earnestly with the many examples of smart, resilient policies and pragmatics that we witnessed on our travels through Denmark and Sweden.

Our visit to Samsø is documented in an article that appeared today in Beacon Broadside, the blog outlet of my publisher Beacon Press. Here's the link.