City of Austin - Green Power Purchasing (Texas)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Texas

Name Austin - Green Power Purchasing
Incentive Type Green Power Purchasing
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Landfill Gas, Photovoltaics, Wind
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Percent Renewables Goal of 100% by 2012

Source Wind, Landfill Gas, Photovoltaics

Date added to DSIRE 2007-10-24
Last DSIRE Review 2012-11-06

References DSIRE[1]


Under the Austin Climate Protection Plan, the City Council has set numerous goals for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and carbon emission reductions with the overall goal of making Austin a national leader in local climate change mitigation policy. Included in this larger goal is a goal of powering all city facilities with renewable energy by 2012. According to the EPA Green Power Partners, the city of Austin procures 100% of its electricity from green power (374,086,079 kilowatt hours).

Interestingly, the Austin Independent School District (AISD) is one of the largest subscribers to the Austin Energy GreenChoice program since 2003, when it made a commitment to purchase 30% of its electricity from renewable sources, totaling 45,000-48,000 MWh annually. According to the October 2012 EPA Green Power Partner update, the AISD's most recent renewable energy purchase of 20,080 MWh comprises 13% of its total electricity consumption, and ranks 2nd nationally among K-12 school purchases. In comparison, the City of Austin's renewable energy purchase ranks 3rd nationally. As an independent entity, the AISD green power purchases are separate from those made by the city of Austin and the AISD is not governed by the City municipal facility goal.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Ester Matthews
Department Austin Energy
Division Austin Climate Protection Division
Address 721 Barton Springs Road

Place Austin, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78704
Phone (512) 322-6041



Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: City Council Res. No. 20070215-23

Date Enacted 2007-02-15

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"