Green Power Partnership
|City of Houston, TX|
|Organization Type||Govt. (Local, Municipal)|
|Percentage Green Power||48.3%|
|Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product?||Yes|
|Awards/Recognition||Green Power Leadership Award 2008|
|Environmental Web Page|
The City of Houston has signed an agreement with Reliant Energy to purchase over 140 MW of renewable power for the next two years. From July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015, the City’s purchase of green power will account for half of its annual electricity demand. The City will be using almost 623 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power per year, which is equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to power over 55,000 homes each year. “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,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “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 puts Houston as the largest municipal purchaser of renewable power in the nation, and in the top 10 overall in the nation, according to EPA estimates. The City has purchased renewable energy credits (RECs) that are Green-E certified and has been a green power purchaser since 2008.