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20 most innovative cities of the West

From space tourism to green living, here's why to live in these cities now

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Using renewable energy in Corvallis, OR
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Energy-smart cities

Eugene, OR is getting more than 85% of energy from renewable sources and plans to cut its total fossil fuel consumption by 50% by 2030.

In Corvallis, OR, Oregon State University is experimenting with using ocean waves to generate electricity. Prototypes are being designed and built now.

Wind farms in Lamar, CO are helping make Colorado one of the most wind-powered states in the West.  The state’s wind potential alone could supply 9% of the entire country’s energy―that’s 67 million homes.

Phoenix, AZ has the nation’s largest city-sponsored residential solar financing program.

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