UNLOCK A 100 PERCENT RENEWABLE ENERGY SOLUTION
The City of Denton, Texas, announced plans to increase renewable energy use to 100 percent by 2020. But before adding more solar and wind power to its energy portfolio, it would first need a way to produce power when renewable sources were unavailable. And it would need it quickly.
225MW RECIPROCATING ENGINE PLANT
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Denton Municipal Electric/City of Denton, Texas
When introducing the Renewable Denton Plan in 2015, the Denton officials aimed to make Denton Municipal Electric one of the greenest power systems in Texas. But achieving the community’s 100 percent renewable energy goals would take more than simply adding new sources of solar and wind power to its energy portfolio. Fluctuations in its growing renewable energy supply could potentially subject citizens to increased rates, especially during periods of peak demand when the sun didn’t shine and the wind didn’t blow.