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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.


On Feb. 6, 2018, the City Council adopted the Denton Renewable Resource Plan (DRRP), which set a goal to have 100 percent 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 percent renewable.

The background on the decision to set a goal of 100 percent goes back to the priorities of the Denton community. The City’s Simply Sustainable Plan 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 percent renewable.

Energy Portfolio   

Current Resources (already delivering physical energy):

  • Whitetail/Wolf Ridge/Nextera Wind (30 megawatts)
  • Landfill (1.6 megawatts) *
  • Bluebell I Solar (30 megawatts)
  • Santa Rita Wind (150 megawatts)

*Landfill generator decommissioned at the beginning of FY2020-21

Future Resources (contracted, but scheduled for delivery in this or in a future year):
  • Bluebell II Solar (100 megawatts, expected to come online 12/2020)
  • Longdraw Solar (75 megawatts, expected to come online 12/2020)
  • Samson Solar (75 megawatts, expected to come online 06/2022)
DME’s load served by energy source

The diagram below is a simplified representation of DME’s electrical network:


Helpful Resources

For information on greenhouse gases, visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website: https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/overview-greenhouse-gases

Helpful Contacts:

Energy Services

Report an Outage (Dispatch)
(940) 349-7000

Billing Questions (Customer Service)
(940) 349-8700 or Customer.Service@cityofdenton.com