The City of Houston continues to set the standard for other cities when it comes to being “green.” Houston is already known as the energy capital of the world, but we are committed to becoming the alternative energy capital of the world as well.
We recently signed an agreement with Reliant Energy, an NRG Energy company, to purchase over 140 MW of renewable power for the next two years. During this time period, the City’s purchase of green power will account for half of its annual electricity demand. We will be using almost 623,000 mWh of green power per year, which is equivalent to the amount of kilowatt-hours needed to power over 55,000 homes each year.
Purchasing green power reduces the environmental impacts of electricity use, decreases the cost of renewable power over time and supports the development of new renewable generation - a triple win for Houstonians.
This purchase makes Houston the largest municipal purchaser of renewable power in the nation, and places us in the top 10 overall in the nation, according to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency. The City has purchased renewable energy credits (RECs) that are Green-E certified.Take a look at the whole article courtesy of the Friendswood Journal.
Annise Parker, Houston A Green Leader