Energy

Texas ranks 6th in the nation for energy consumption per capita. The demand for energy use is growing across North Texas with the ever-increasing population. In order to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency, entities must evaluate their energy usage. Below are tools, resources, and case studies to support local governments, educational institutions, and public and private entities’ efforts to implement programs to reduce energy use and increase energy efficiency in the public and private sector.

This interactive map highlights buildings and communities throughout the North Central Texas region have been certified by third-party organizations that recognize sustainable excellence in the built environment.

Goal: 
Reduce energy and water intensity of buildings by 20% each.

 

The City of Fort Worth has committed to the Better Buildings Challenge, setting a goal of a 20% reduction in both energy and water intensity of buildings over ten years.  The City pledged 20 million square feet to energy intensity reduction goals and 5.7 million square feet to water intensity reduction.

Progress/Status
80% Complete
Goal: 
Reduce electric consumption by at least 5% each year for 10 years, applicable only to ozone non-attainment areas.

 

Senate Bill 898 mandates energy efficiency programs in political subdivisions, institutions of high education, and state agency facilities located in non-attainment counties in Texas.  The mandate is located in the Texas Health and Safety Code Section 388.005.  Each political subdivision, institution of higher education, or state agency in affected counties is required to:

Goal: 
Reduce energy usage by 50% for existing infrastructure and to carbon neutral for new infrastructure.

 

The Dallas 2030 District has set energy reduction goals for the 27 million committed square feet within Dallas.  For existing buildings, the goal is a minimum 20% reduction below the national average by 2020, with incremental targets, reaching a 50% reduction by 2030.  For new buildings, major renovations, and new infrastructure, the goal is an immediate 60% reduction below the national average, with incremental targets, reaching carbon neutral by 2030.

 

Total Annual Petroleum Savings:

Texas Clean Cities Coalitions Comparison 2015

Total: 41,937,005 Gasoline Gallon Equivalents

For more information visit: https://www.dfwcleancities.org/  

The City of Plano's The Great Update Rebate program is designed to provide an incentive (rebate) to homeowners of older properties to update and maintain their homes. 

The City of Plano's Green Business Certification (GBC) program recognizes businesses that have taken steps toward sustainability in the areas of general education, waste reduction, energy efficiency, water efficiency, pollution prevention, and sustainable purchasing.

The Environmental Defense Fund preserves natural systems through innovative solutions in the areas of climate & energy, oceans, ecosystems, and health.
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The International Sustainable Campus Network brings together colleges and universities from around the world to collaborate on integrating sustainability into all aspects of operations.
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STAR Communities certifies communities that are leaders in local sustainability.
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