Irving, Texas Aims for 100% Renewable Energy by 2023
August 23, 2021
Irving, Texas has big plans for the future.
The city plans on transitioning all of its owned buildings and facilities to 100% renewable energy by 2023, double what it was a year ago, through the leadership of the City Council, Mayor, and TXU Energy.
Because of this, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) raised Irving’s standing in the EPA-established Green Power Partnership to organizational level, which the city announced in January of 2021.
As a result, the city now holds a spot on the Top 30 Local Government list. The 30 organizations comprising the list have a combined yearly green power use that “amounts to nearly 5 billion kilowatt-hours of green power, which is equivalent to the annual electricity use of more than 464,000 average American homes,” according to the EPA.
What Is the Green Power Partnership?
The EPA creates partnerships with a variety of organizations, ranging from large Fortune 500 corporations to local, state, and federal governments as well as certain colleges and universities. These partnerships are formed when an organization commits to reducing or altogether eliminating their conventional electricity sourcing through renewable energy.
The Green Power Partnership recognizes these efforts and applauds any and all reduction in harsh environmental impacts. And as an incentive to go green, the Green Power Partnership program is designed to provide organizations with market information, technical assistance, credible usage benchmarks, and public recognition for their efforts in reducing annual electricity consumption.
An EPA programs manager, Rebecca Taylor, explained in a statement, “The City of Irving is doing amazing work and shows true leadership for green power initiatives. This progression is proof that Irving always looks forward and ahead toward innovations that protect human health and the environment.”
Irving has been part of the Green Power Partnership since 2016, when it introduced innovative technology that creates renewable energy on-site at the West Irving Library. And by 2019, the city was able to replace half of its energy use with wind power.
“The City of Irving is proud to be recognized by the EPA and is committed to reducing the city’s carbon footprint in order for future generations to enjoy the beauty of our great city,” says Irving Mayor, Rick Stopfer.
Irving Takes Pride as an Award-Winning City
Irving has already won a couple of awards in the past for its green power efforts, one being the national government’s Green Fleet Award, which recognizes the city’s 1,200-unit fleet of fuel-conservative vehicles.
The city’s fleet contains 451 diesel-fueled vehicles, 69 using compressed natural gas, four currently owned hybrids, 16 hybrids soon-to-be-purchased by the police department, and the remaining 577 units all being ultra-low or low-emission gasoline-powered vehicles.
LEED is the nation’s topmost program that certifies high-performance buildings for their sustainable achievements in construction, design, and operation. ICCLC is one of only five convention centers in the country to obtain a LEED silver rating.
Irving is an outstanding example of what it means to take initiative in renewable energy alternatives. Moving fully away from traditional energy sourcing might seem daunting, but it’s possible — and becoming increasingly vital.
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