The Environment Protection Agency today announced that the City of Dallas is now the country’s No. 1 local government for the use of green electricity and the nation’s No. 7 green electricity user.
The announcement comes as part of the EPA’s Green Power Partners Program. The EPA says the businesses, governments and educational institutions in the program “are helping support the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide while also helping protect the environment.”
As the city noted in a news release, it took its green power commitment from 50 percent to 100 percent under its new contract with TXU Energy. Overall, city facilities use more than 715,000 megawatt-hours of electricity a year. That’s enough electricity to run almost 50,000 average Texas homes. Since June 1, 100 percent of that electricity has been backed by renewable energy.
“This reflects a great commitment by the city, as well as our ability to develop comprehensive and customized electricity plans,” said Gabe Castro, vice president of business for TXU Energy. “We appreciate the opportunity to power the business and the safety of the City of Dallas.”
In addition to retail electricity services, TXU Energy has provided the City of Dallas with funding for energy conservation programs, including lighting and lighting controls that allow the city to spend less.
“TXU Energy’s help is an example of how public-private partnerships can deliver positive results for taxpayers,” Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez said.