Texas City Adopts 100% Renewable Energy Goal

The City of Denton, Texas, has committed to transition to 100% renewable energy, the Sierra Club has announced.

On Tuesday, the Denton City Council voted to revise the city’s Renewable Denton Plan, which now includes a goal of contracting with solar and wind developers to meet 100% of the city’s electricity needs as early as 2020.

Tuesday’s vote makes Denton the 58th city in the country to commit to 100% clean energy, the Sierra Club notes.

“The Sierra Club applauds Denton City Council for its leadership and pragmatism,” states Cyrus Reed, conservation director of the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter. “They could have easily let their current plan ride, but they decided to take a closer look at their options and make smarter decisions that will save people money on their bills. We encourage city leaders and Denton Municipal Electric to take the next step to transition away from relying on the Gibbons Creek coal plant, as well as ensuring their next renewable energy investments include community solar projects and energy storage.”

A copy of Denton’s ordinance and staff presentation on the energy plan can be seen here and here, respectively.

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