August 2010 - The City of Dallas signed a contact with TXU to purchase 2.2 billion kWh of power over three years, of which 40%, or approximately 880 million kWh, will be from wind power generated in Texas. The wind power is Green-e Energy certified.
The three year contract is expected to save the City up to $7 million per year compared to its previous contract.
News Release - City of Dallas Inks Deal to Save Up to $7 Million Annually in Electricity Costs
February 2008 - 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
January 2008 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership issued revised lists of its leading green power partners nationally. Intel Corporation vaulted to the head of the National Top 25 list by committing to purchase 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy certificates annually. The U.S. Air Force climbed back to 3rd place after more than doubling its annual green power purchases to nearly 900 million kWh per year. In addition, HSBC North America jumped to the 10th spot by more than doubling its green power purchase to 300 million kWh per year. New to the National Top 25 list are two Texas cities—the City of Dallas (#9) and the City of Houston (#12), which are now the leading local government purchasers in EPA's program.
EPA also announced that fifty-three Fortune 500 companies are collectively purchasing more than 6 billion kWh of green power annually, surpassing the agency's challenge to double the size of their combined purchases. In December 2006, the EPA set a goal for Fortune 500 companies to exceed 5 billion kWh of green power purchases by the end of 2007.
EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 850 partner organizations that are collectively buying more than 13 billion kWh of green power annually.
News Release - Fifty-three Fortune 500 Corporations Surpass EPA Green Power Goals; Intel Corporation Leads Nation as New No. 1 Purchaser
January 2007 - The City of Dallas announced that it will purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) equivalent to the electricity needed to power nearly half of the city's street lights. Under the pilot program approved by the Dallas City Council, the city will purchase 30 million kWh of RECs from the Texas General Land Office, starting in mid-February. The RECs will be sourced from Texas-based solar, wind, geothermal, biomass or low-impact hydropower resources.
The RECs are intended to be retired on behalf of city facilities certified under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria. Dallas has committed to achieve a LEED silver certification rating for all new city facilities larger than 10,000 square feet.
News Release - City of Dallas will use "green energy" to power street lights (PDF 30 KB) Download Adobe Reader
News Article - City of Dallas will use "green energy" to power street lights