Downtown Houston, Texas
Downtown Houston, Texas

The metropolis known as “Space City” is using green energy at astronomical rates.

Houston is the top green energy user among local governments involved in the Environmental Protection (EPA) Agency’s Green Power Partnership, a collective that includes Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C. and Portland.

The Lone Star State’s largest city used more than 1 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of green energy. Nearly 940 million kWh came from competitive green power, while just under 140 million kWh came from physical power purchase agreements, according to the report.

Mayor: Houston Is “Energy Capital of the World”

For each entry on the top-30 list, the EPA provided a quote from a local leader. In Houston’s case, Mayor Sylvester Turner offered his praise.

“As the energy capital of the world, it is important that Houston lead by example and show that investing in solar and renewable energy is a critical tool cities must use to prepare for the future,” Turner said. “As the nation’s largest municipal purchaser of green power, we are living proof that large, industrial cities like Houston can have a robust economy but also help fight climate change.”

City of Oil Barons Now Leads Texas’ Green Energy Charge

The report appeared this week in the niche, culture publication Paper City. The site played up egregious stereotypes, offering an ironic twist in which a city known for its oil prowess now boasts being a green-energy leader.

However, it’s not just Houston leading the way; it’s the entire state of Texas, the report says. The state’s commitment to retail choice and energy innovation has led to multiple cities emerging as green energy leaders, with four of the top six in Texas.

Dallas ranked second, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport fifth and Austin came in sixth.

Houston and Dallas used a total of 1.817 billion kWh.

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