Solar, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  May 29, 2019

Dallas to power city buildings with RE

The City of Dallas expects to save $80 million over 10 years via a new contract that calls for all city facilities to be powered with wind and solar energy.

The 10-year electricity contract, signed with TXU Energy, begins on June 1 and will enable a 26% lower energy rate than the previous contract, according to a report by North American Windpower.

“This is a great deal for Dallas,” says Errick Thompson, the city’s director of building services. “With significant tax revenue reductions looming, it is very important to find opportunities to reduce expenses. Our open and competitive process delivered 10 years of budget certainty and 100 percent renewable energy at a very market-competitive cost.”

The report noted that the city will initially draw power and renewable energy credits from the Foard City Wind Farm in west Texas. TXU Energy has also agreed to source some or all the city’s power from future renewable energy assets developed in north Texas, if possible, at no additional charge. The contract also provides $1.5 million for energy-related projects and $300,000 for community programming.

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