Two Texas cities—Dallas and Houston—are now the top municipal purchasers of green power in the nation. Recently, the City of Dallas announced that it will purchase nearly 334 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power in 2008, which is equivalent to 40% of its purchased electricity use.
Houston has contracted for nearly 263 million kWh of wind energy for its municipal operations, which represents about 20% of its total purchased electricity. The wind energy purchase has resulted in significant cost savings to date. The city's comprehensive renewable energy plan calls for the use of fixed-price renewable power to offset the rising cost of conventional energy and diversify its power portfolio. To meet that objective, Houston has established a target of procuring 438 million kWh of renewable energy, or the equivalent of one-third of the total annual operating load.
News Release - EPA Recognizes City of Dallas For Leading Green Power Purchase: City Ranks #1 Among All Local Governments (PDF 44 KB) Download Adobe Acrobat
News Release - EPA Recognizes Houston Among the Nation's Leading Green Power Purchasers
News Release - Dallas, Houston Make List of Top Green Power Purchasers