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The City of Houston has signed an agreement with Reliant Energy to purchase 140MW of renewable power for the next two years. The 140MW power purchase represents approximately 50 percent of the city’s required power and is the equivalent of power required for over 55,000 homes each year. Reliant is a subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc., which has headquarters in both New Jersey and Houston.

August 26 -- When it comes to renewable energy, Texas is a prime candidate to lead the way in many sectors, such as solar, which means jobs. To meet this need for trained personnel and staff to fill the host of positions, Houston Community College is kicking off its new solar energy program this fall at its central campus. >>View Article 

June 24 -- The City of Houston said it agreed to pay $2 million for two years worth of renewable power from Houston-based Reliant Energy Inc. That’s more than 140 megawatts of renewable power — or about half of the city’s annual electricity demand, which will feed into the city from July 1 to June 30, 2013, according to a June 20 statement. >>View Article

November 5 -- U.K.-based power and transmission firm National Grid NGG +0.90% UK:NG +0.43% has set plans to invest $40 million in Clean Line Energy Partners, the Houston-based start-up proposing to build long, direct-current high power lines to move electricity from big wind farms in the central part of the U.S. to the country’s power-hungry population centers. >>View Article

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