26 Jun '13, 12pm

Houston and Palo Alto chart aggressive course for green power

Houston and Palo Alto chart aggressive course for green power

With the cities of Houston and Palo Alto both announcing big purchases of renewable energy, it shows that prices are at the point where cities can get a significant portion of their energy from clean sources. Houston's purchase makes it the largest municipal buyer of renewables in the United States. It's buying enough wind energy to supply half its electricity for the next two years. The 140 megawatts (MW) from utility Reliant (owned by NRG) costs just $2 million. "Historically, investing in clean energy has been a matter of cost, but wind prices right now are incredibly competitive with natural gas prices, so it's become easier than ever to invest in clean energy. And not only do you get clean air, but you are able to show leadership by making these investments. It shows the world that it's doable," says Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas. Purchasing renewable po...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2013/06/26/houston-palo-alto...

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