Doing Our Part to Keep Austin Green and Clean
No brag, just fact. Our green power options are among the best in the U.S. We harness Texas wind and corral the sun to power our homes, businesses, and cars.
We take our commitment to supplying green power options to our customers seriously, and we work hard to keep Austin a great place to live. How hard? Take a look at some of our recent accomplishments.
A Wind-Wind Situation
In 2016, Austin Energy supplied its customers with 3.96 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy, the majority of it wind-powered. That’s like getting rid of 307,000 tons of carbon emissions from the air, or removing 59,000 gas-powered cars from the road for one year.
Also in the past year, Austin Energy set a new energy efficiency record by offsetting 70 megawatts, keeping the utility on track to achieve its goal in 2025 of offsetting 900 megawatts of power.
Each megawatt of power offset means Austin Energy buys less power to supply its customers, especially during times of peak demand when electricity is most expensive.
Did you know you can sign up for 100% Texas wind energy right now?
Visit GreenChoice to learn more.
Running On Sunshine
In 2016, Austin Energy logged 1,000 local solar installations in a single year — the first time that’s happened since the start of the Solar Rebate Program. The 10.6 megawatts worth of installations in 2016 is more than the total amount installed during the first eight years of the program.
The 77 megawatts of local solar includes rooftop solar installations at more than 6,000 Austin area homes and businesses, and a 30-megawatt solar farm in Webberville. Together, they produce an estimated 125 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, enough to power 12,500 Austin homes.
Want to know more about putting solar on your property?
Visit Solar Solutions to view options.
Start using the interactive Austin Energy web app to track your solar production as well as your home use. With the app, you can also see if your solar system is not working as it should. Learn how to get the app.
Renewable is Do-able
Austin Energy is committed to increasing the amount of renewable energy it supplies its more than 460,000 customers. This renewable energy comes principally from wind farms and solar plants.
Unlike energy generated by using fossil fuels, wind and solar can’t be depleted. Renewable energy is sustainable, abundant and environmentally friendly.
More than 30% of the electricity Austin Energy supplies to its customers is renewable, up from 20% in 2015. And that’s just the beginning. The utility has set ambitious goals for the future — 55% of the power supplied to customers will be renewable in 2025.
Renewable power also has other benefits, including:
- Carbon emissions are almost non-existent with solar and wind power generation
- Energy prices are less prone to fluctuate
As a community-owned utility, Austin Energy is aligned with City of Austin sustainability goals.
Visit the Office of Sustainability to learn more.
It Comes From A Place Called East Pecos
Austin Energy customers are now getting almost one third of their electricity from renewable resources. That means Austin is on track to meet its sustainability goal of 55% renewable energy by 2025. In addition to solar power, Austin Energy receives 1,360 MW from other renewable sources, mostly Texas wind.
The East Pecos Solar Facility is the third utility-scale solar plant to provide clean, carbon-free energy to Austin Energy customers. It joins the Webberville Solar Farm located east of Austin, and the Roserock Solar Facility, which is also located in Pecos County.