Power Supply

Denton Municipal Electric (DME) is an electric utility leader that provides reliable energy services to its customers while continually increasing the use of renewables, energy conservation, and demand response technologies. DME is a vertically integrated utility, meaning it owns and controls all functions of generation, transmission, and distribution within its domain of operation.

  1. Renewable Resource Plan
  2. Energy Portfolio
  3. ERCOT
  4. Generation to Switch
  5. Helpful Contacts
  6. Resources

Denton Renewable Resource Plan

On February 6, 2018, the City Council adopted the Denton Renewable Resource Plan (DRRP) (PDF), which set a goal to have 100% of Denton's energy load under renewable energy contracts by 2020. While Denton had already made a commitment to increase the City's renewable portfolio, the DRRP represented an actionable plan to help Denton in our efforts to reach 100% renewable.

The background on the decision to set a goal of 100% goes back to the priorities of the Denton community. The City's Simply Sustainable Plan (PDF) lays out a goal to invest in renewable energy, and Denton, through DME, has been a renewable energy leader for many years, including implementing a landfill gas to energy project in 2008, purchasing wind energy through purchase power agreements as early as 2009, and offering rebates for residential and commercial solar installations.

For Denton, the recent decision to go 100% renewable was about both environmentalism and economics as renewable energy development has expanded, creating enough affordable and clean energy that Denton can set a very realistic and achievable goal to be 100% renewable.

The DRRP targeted having 100% of the projected city electrical demand under contract by the end of 2020 with no firm date on actual deliveries. This is due to the fact that DME is contracting for renewable energy from resources that are under construction or planned to be constructed. DME has achieved the goal of the DRRP and anticipates that in 2021 renewable energy delivered to Denton will be greater than the city's annual energy demands, making Denton a 100% renewable energy community.

Denton Energy Center

As a rapidly growing city, Denton's demand for energy is also growing. DME continues to contract for additional supplies of renewable energy to keep up with this growing demand. DME recognizes that keeping electricity affordable is equally as important as protecting the environment is also extremely important. The Denton Energy Center, a 225 Megawatt fast-starting natural gas facility, is a critical component of DME's supply portfolio that enables us to control costs.

The Denton Energy Center acts as an insurance policy to ensure that electric supplies are available when the intermittent renewable resources are not available. More importantly, it insulates DME customers from wholesale market price spikes that would otherwise have to be passed on to customers.