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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.

September 20 -- In Texas, where oil lubricates the economy the same way it does pickup trucks, energy consumption is no exception to the state’s everything-is-bigger reputation. The nation’s leading energy producer also uses more energy by far than any other state. As the state’s population keeps surging, demand is expected to grow, prompting leaders to think about how it will meet its long-term needs. >>View Article

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 

August 12 -- Deep in the Texas Panhandle — in the heart of seemingly endless farmland — a new government venture is about to sprout. In just days, workers will break ground on the largest federally owned wind farm in the country, geared to reduce dollars spent on energy by the millions at nearby Pantex, the nation’s only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. >>View Article

August 7 -- Here is a “good-news” press release from the U.S. Department of Energy about the burgeoning wind energy industry in Texas. It seems that the Lone Star State has the greatest upside potential of any state when it comes to generating additional electricity through this “clean” source of energy. >>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

June 12 -- To make sure Texas has enough power to keep the lights on and the air conditioning cranking during the summer, the Texas electric power market will likely need to develop both natural gas and renewable energy resources, according to a new report from The Brattle Group. >>View Article

May 17 -- California and Texas might be leading the nation’s rollout of solar and wind power, respectively, but Washington, where hydroelectric dams provide over 60 percent of the state’s energy, was the country’s biggest user of renewable power in 2011, according to new statistics released last week by the federal Energy Information Administration. >>View Article

May 6 -- St. John's Lutheran Church constructed its towering sanctuary nearly a century ago when congregations spent money to build grand, impressive structures for worship services. Modern heating and cooling systems did not factor into plans then, but often drive up utility costs for the same church buildings today. >>View Article

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