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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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City of Austin - Green Power Purchasing   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/14/2014
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Green Power Purchasing
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind
Applicable Sectors: Local Government
Renewables % or Amount:99% in 2013
Source:Wind, Landfill Gas, Photovoltaics
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Austin is the largest city in the U.S. to have all city-owned buildings and facilities powered by renewable energy resources. 

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 Climate Protection Plan is a goal of powering all city facilities with renewable energy by 2012. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Partnership, the City of Austin generates nearly 100% of its annual electricity consumption (372,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh)) from renewable energy sources and ranks third among Green Power Partners.

Furthermore, the Austin Independent School District (AISD) meets 11% of its annual electricity needs (15,000,000 kWh) through purchasing electricity generated from renewable energy sources and independently ranks 29th among Green Power Partners. AISD is an urban public school system with 104 campuses and more than 20 support buildings in Central Texas. 

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