Houston top city for renewable electricity

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 @ 10:02 AM
posted by rene5432

Despite its reputation as the heart of American oil country, Texas has also become one of the central places for renewable electricity in the U.S.

KUHF reports that for the fourth year in a row, the city of Houston was named the largest consumer of green energy. Along with Austin, which has dedicated itself to using entirely renewable electricity, and Dallas, Texas cities make up the top three clean energy consumers.

"Thirty-three percent of our energy comes from wind farms in West Texas," Laura Spanjian, Houston sustainability director, told the news source. "And we're looking to see if we can increase that percentage over the next year or so to maybe 50 percent. And if you add in the private sector, we're number six in the country."

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, renewable electricity sources other than hydropower accounted for 9.5 percent of the state's capacity in 2010, though only 6.7 percent of generation.

However, with by far the largest energy market, the state still accounts for a massive renewable electricity sector.

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