Georgetown hosts screening of HBO documentary that features city’s renewable energy push

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The city of Georgetown will host a free screening Monday, Dec. 11, of an HBO documentary about clean energy that features the city and Mayor Dale Ross, according to a Wednesday announcement.

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution” follows filmmaker Jamie Redford as he travels across the country learning about climate change and one of its most profitable solutions: renewable energy.

Georgetown is included in the film due to the city’s plan to supply customers with 100 percent solar and wind energy, which will make the city home to one of the largest municipally-owned utilities in the country to supply customers with all renewable energy.

Ross was also featured in former Vice President Al Gore’s documentary, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” which is also about climate change and renewable energy. In the film, Gore visits Georgetown to learn more about the city’s renewable energy plans.

“If in the reddest city in the reddest county in the reddest state, the decision on the basis of the facts is to go to 100 percent renewable energy, my reaction is, ‘Hallelujah,’” Gore said during his August 2016 visit to Georgetown.

The “Happening” screening will be held in the Hewlett Room at Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., Georgetown. The movie will begin at 7 p.m., which is the same time the film will premiere on HBO.

After the library’s screening, Ross and Chris Foster, the city’s manager of resource planning and integration, will share thoughts and answer questions about renewable energy in Georgetown.

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Carlie Porterfield

A San Marcos native, Carlie Porterfield joined Community Impact as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Texas State University. After covering political, business and school district news in Buda and Kyle for over a year, she made the transition to the Georgetown editorial team, where she is responsible for Williamson County coverage. Before her time with Community Impact, Porterfield had bylines in the Austin American-Statesman, the San Marcos Record and Texas State's student paper, the University Star.

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