Houston to buy half its electricity from clean sources

Source: E&E • Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013

Houston will buy half its energy from renewable sources, making it the largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy in the United States, according to U.S. EPA.

The city agreed to purchase 140 megawatts of renewable power from Reliant Energy between July 1 and June 30, 2015. The city will pay $2 million for what is estimated to be half its annual electricity demand.

“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,” Mayor Annise Parker (D) said yesterday in a written statement.

She added, “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.”

According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, renewable energy generation increased by 7 percent last year.

Environmentalists lauded the decision