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Renewable Energy

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.

TRACK OUR PROGRESS

We are on our way to reach 100 percent of our load under renewable contracts by 2020! As we look to add more renewable resources to our portfolio in the future, you can follow along with the chart below to help us track our progress. The acquisition of additional solar and/or wind energy currently underway are expected to enable Denton to reach and exceed its 100 percent renewable energy target in 2020 and beyond.

Fiscal Year
Percent Renewable
2018 42%
2019 64%
2020 96%
2021 95%
2022 94%
2023 100%

 




 

 

GREENSENSE RENEWABLE RATE

If you want to go 100 percent renewable today, you can sign up for the City’s GreenSense Renewable Rate. The GreenSense Renewable Rate is the City’s green energy program that lets you support cleaner renewable energy sources. By signing up for the GreenSense Renewable Rate, you are receiving 100 percent of your energy from renewable sources, including solar and wind power.

Contact customer service at (940) 349-8700 to sign up.

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