City of Houston - Green Power Purchasing (Texas)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Texas
Name City of Houston - Green Power Purchasing
Incentive Type Green Power Purchasing
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Wind
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Percent Renewables 35%

Source Wind

Date added to DSIRE 2008-03-13
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-17

References DSIRE[1]


In 2007, the City of Houston negotiated a 5-year contract with Reliant Energy for up to 80 MW or 700 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually of renewable energy credits (RECs). These RECs will be generated almost exclusively from wind power. The purchase began in July 2008 at 40 MW, equivalent to roughly 350 million kWh annually or 25% of the annual electricity consumption of the city's municipal facilities. Additional 10 MW increments of renewable energy are authorized to be stepped in over time up to the 80 MW specified in the contract. As of January 2012, the purchase had been increased to 50 MW, equivalent to roughly 438 million kWh annually approximately 35% of annual electricity consumption in city facilities.

This diversification of Houston's energy portfolio is expected to help insulate the city from price shocks such as those that occurred in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Between January 2009 and December 2012, Houston has captured the second spot on the EPA's Green Power Partner list of green energy purchases by local governments.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information
Department Office of Environmental Programming
Division Mayor’s Office
Address City of Houston
Address 2 P.O. Box 1562
Place Houston, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 77251
Phone (713) 837-0311


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"