The City of Denton is a national leader in renewable energy adoption, setting a goal to achieve 100 percent renewable energy for all customers by 2020. Learn more below about how Denton is leading the way in renewable energy.
DENTON RENEWABLE RESOURCE PLAN
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.
RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES
Both prior to and since the adoption of the DRRP, Denton has moved forward with executing contracts (called purchase power agreements or PPAs) with renewable energy providers.
Current Resources (already delivering physical energy):
- Whitetail (30 megawatts)
- Landfill (1.6 megawatts)
- Bluebell I Solar (30 megawatts)
- Santa Rita Wind (150 megawatts)
Future Resources (contracted, but scheduled for delivery in a future year):
- Bluebell II Solar (100 megawatts, expected to come online 12/2020
- Longdraw Solar (75 megawatts, expected to come online 06/2020)
- Samson Solar (75 megawatts, expected to come online 06/2022)
The City also has released a request for proposals (RFP) for an additional 0 to 100 MW of coastal wind and 0 to 100 MW of additional solar. We expect the City Council to evaluate the responses of that RFP in early 2019.