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Dallas in top 10 for green power

Thursday, January 31, 2008
Dallas Business Journal

Dallas is the ninth-largest green-power purchaser in the United States, according to a study by the Environmental Protection Agency. An impressive 40 percent of the City of Dallas' power comes from wind energy sources.

Houston ranked No. 12 on the list, with 20 percent of its energy coming from renewable sources.

"Texas leads the nation in wind power production, and Dallas and Houston are leading the way in showing other cities how green power can help protect the environment," said Richard Greene, the EPA's regional administrator, in a media advisory. "By shifting to wind and other renewable power sources, cities can cut greenhouse gas emissions and change the way we generate energy."

Last year, Dallas purchased 333 million kilowatt-hours of wind generated electricity. Houston purchased 262 million kilowatt-hours.

"The City of Dallas understands that each of us -- every individual, every business, every government, must act to protect our environment," said Mayor Tom Leppert in a prepared statement. "It's the right thing to do for our future."

Combined, the Dallas and Houston totals represent savings of carbon emissions from more than 84,000 passenger vehicles annually -- the same amount of electricity needed to power an estimated 61,000 homes per year.

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