The City of Dallas has yanked the title of top green power user from Houston, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA on Monday said 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.”
While Houston is known as the energy capital of the world for oil and gas, just more than half of the City of Houston’s electricity comes from green power sources — a mixture of solar and wind power through Houston-based Reliant Energy and on-site power generation.
The City of Dallas counts more than 715 million kilowatt hours of green power usage, compared to 623 million kilowatt hours for the City of Houston. No other municipality even had 500 million kilowatt hours.
Even when competing against public corporations, Dallas and Houston still count in the top 10 nationally for green power usage.
The top 10 is Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp., Kohl’s department stores, Apple Inc., Google Inc., Mars Inc., City of Dallas, Starbucks, U.S. Department of Energy, and the City of Houston.