The first Earth Day was born of a movement to protect our natural environment with substantial action. In that spirit, Earth Day is an opportunity for Energy Future Holdings to check our progress on environmental issues and embrace our responsibility for the future. We are pleased that the efforts of our people and our partners have achieved the 28 ambitious commitments laid out in 2007 by our company for the benefit of the environment. Notably:
- Coal fleet emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury have been reduced by more than 20 percent from 2005 levels.
- Wind energy purchases have doubled and we have maintained our status as the largest buyer of wind power in Texas.
- Investments of more than $400 million are supporting energy efficiency, technology and conservation programs, including $100 million from TXU Energy to empower customers to better manage their energy use.
- More than 75,000 acres have been reclaimed following mining operations during the past 40 years, and reclamation bond liability releases are secured on more than 36,000 acres through 2013.
- More than 1.5 million trees were planted in 2013, bringing our total to more than 34 million trees planted across the state since 1975.
We keep these promises because it’s the right thing to do for our planet, our state, our customers and future generations. We’re passionate about producing power for Texas while maintaining strong environmental standards.
Making it all possible are our people, who respect the environment every day, both on and off the job, and partner in supporting the communities where they live and work.
Their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Last month, Luminant received prestigious recognition from both the Railroad Commission of Texas and the Interstate Mining Compact Commission for its unique approach to transforming the 1.6-mile-long mining pit at B Mining Area in Freestone County into a 112 surface-acre research lake.
Earlier this week, environmental experts with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Defense Fund reviewed our progress and concluded our model of balancing investments without compromising environmental responsibility is a step in the right direction.
And in February, a federal judge ruled for Luminant in a lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club alleging Clean Air Act violations at the Big Brown Power Plant in Freestone County. The judge denied all of the Sierra Club’s claims concluding, “the plant has a long and well-documented history of excellent compliance and good faith efforts to meet and outperform all requirements of the Clean Air Act.”
Even our building in downtown Dallas is a towering example of sustainability in action. Partnering with Transwestern, a multiyear effort has bolstered recycling, indoor pollution control and water conservation programs. In fact, Energy Plaza was named local and regional Outstanding Building of Year in the Earth category by the Building Owners and Managers Association. Watch what makes Energy Plaza different from other buildings in Dallas:
Still, we realize that our work is never done. We must continue to do our part to make environmental protection part of how we do business and create an even cleaner energy future for Texas.