Dallas Jumps Houston as Top Green Power Government

The EPA recently stated that the City of Dallas is now the largest local government user of green power in the nation, taking the top spot away from the City of Houston, which still ranks second above the District of Columbia, Montgomery County in Maryland, and the City of Austin — giving Texas municipal governments three of the top five spots nationally.

City facilities in Dallas recently switched from having half of their electricity backed by renewable energy credits. Now, 100 percent of the City of Dallas’ electricity comes from wind power through a contract Dallas-based TXU Energy. Much of the wind power comes from Chicago-based Invenergy, which has built several wind farms in Texas. TXU also works with the City of Dallas on energy efficiency projects, such as new lighting and lighting controls.

“This is a tremendous achievement for the City of Dallas,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings in a prepared statement. “It shows how we all can work together to wisely use taxpayers’ dollars, while also contributing to the health and economy of our region and our state.”

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