February 2005 - Austin Energy announced that it has entered into a 12-year contract to purchase 128 MW of wind energy from a new facility located in Nolan County, TX, which will more than double the amount of wind energy used to supply its GreenChoice program. Including this purchase, Austin Energy now contracts for 215 MW of wind energy from West Texas, as well as 11 MW of output from landfill gas generation facilities located near Austin and San Antonio.
Currently, about 7,400 residential customers and 300 Austin businesses participate in the GreenChoice program through which they collectively purchase 380 million kWh of renewable energy annually. Renewable energy now supplies up to 6.5% of the utility's overall energy requirements. The City has established a goal of meeting 20% of its electricity needs with renewables by 2020.
News Release - Austin Energy Doubles Size of its Clean Energy Portfolio
Austin Energy Contact: Carol Harwell (512) 322-6562