Green Power Partnership
|City of Houston, TX|
|Organization Type||Govt. (Local, Municipal)|
|Annual Green Power Usage (kWh)||951,799,375|
|Percentage Green Power||80%|
|Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product?||Yes|
|Partner's Reporting Period||1/1/2016 - 12/31/2016|
|Latest Annual Report Received On||1/7/2016|
|Awards/Recognition||Green Power Leadership Award 2008, Green Power Leadership Award 2014|
|Environmental Web Page|
The City of Houston has signed an agreement with Reliant Energy, an NRG Energy company, to increase its purchase of renewable power through at least June 2016. After the New Year, the City will work to negotiate another 12-month extension. With this change, the City’s purchase of green power will account for 75 percent of its annual electricity demand. The City will be using more than 950 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power per year, which is equivalent to the amount of kilowatt-hours needed to power more than 87,000 homes each year.
“We are excited to continue our renewable energy leadership in Houston,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “This is a perfect complement to the recent approval of our 30 MW solar project, and I’m proud to leave this administration with such a positive statement about our commitment to sustainability.”
This purchase will put 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.