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GOAL 2: DALLAS GENERATES AND USES RENEWABLE, RELIABLE, AND AFFORDABLE ENERGY.

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Targets

739,000 kW AND 3,695,000 kW SOLAR POWER INSTALLED WITHIN THE CITY BY 2030 AND 2050, RESPECTIVELY.

 

20% AND 50% OF ALL DALLAS RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES ENROLL IN RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY PLANS BY 2030 AND 2050, RESPECTIVELY.

 Quarter 2 Progress

Reported April 2021

The combined building and energy sectors account for the highest percentage of GHG emissions in Dallas (64%). While the City has committed to using 100 percent renewable energy, there is a desire to convert from using renewable energy credits to local on- and off-site generation. In FY 20-21, six actions from this sector will be initiated, with 16 identified milestones. These actions include expansion of existing programs and efforts, as well as updates to existing codes and ordinances and will involve interdepartmental collaboration of the Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability, Building Services, Sanitation Services, Office of the Bond Program, and the Office of Government Affairs.

View the full Year One Work Plan here.

COMPLETE

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Complete Community Solar Technical Assistance Grant Project from USDOE Grants to attain recommendations for City Community Solar Program to benefit Low-income residents.

E7:

Extend city efforts to develop more renewable energy projects on city facilities.

IN PROGRESS

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E7:

Extend city efforts to develop more renewable energy projects on city facilities.

1. Initiate renewable energy feasibility study to identify suitable locations for installing solar photovoltaic panels on City of Dallas facilities.

2. Initiate Community Solar Pilot Program.

3. Identify funding sources for design and installation of renewable energy projects for multiple city facilities.

E5:

Extend city efforts to develop more renewable energy projects on city facilities.

Identify potential partners (counties, school districts, universities, etc.)

E8:

Identify new financing mechanisms to accelerate energy efficiency improvements in existing buildings.

1. Continue to implement Green Energy Policy.

2. Identify opportunities for partnerships that can facilitate implementation of renewable energy projects.

E10:

Advocate for renewable energy policies at the state and federal levels.

Work with Texas mayors to advocate the state legislature to increase the Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard to 90% zero-carbon electricity by 2050.

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1.Develop educational programs focused on commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors.

2. Partner with stakeholders (local utilities, PACE program, educational institutions, etc.), to participate in

    public information program.

3. Explore new financing opportunities such as grants and subsidies.

E5:

Build a regional strategic partnership to promote adoption of renewable energy.

Develop strategic partnerships to increase investment in renewable energy projects.

E6:

Establish and invest in renewable energy hubs through partnerships with the private sector.

1. Establish criteria rubric for renewable energy hubs.

2. Identify institutional and contractual requirements to form partnership for joint development of

    renewable projects.

3. Evaluate funding opportunities.

E7:

Extend city efforts to develop more renewable energy projects on city facilities.

Initiate renewable energy feasibility study to identify suitable locations for installing solar photovoltaic panels on City of Dallas facilities.

E10:

Advocate for renewable energy policies at the state and federal levels.

1. Advocate through U.S. Climate Mayors for policies that facilitate decarbonization of the power sector.

E3:

Continue partnership with public utility companies on an intensive program on renewable energy options.

PENDING

Resources for Residents

1 Homeowners within the Oncor service area can make use of the Solar Residential Program to help offset the initial cost of installing solar panels — once installed, you may even receive credit for excess generation your system produces!

 

2 Use the Texas Public Utility Commission’s Power to Choose website to evaluate your electricity provider options and select a provider with a higher proportion of renewable energy (potentially at low or no extra cost).

Resources for Businesses

1 Qualifying business and commercial property owners within the Oncor service area can use the Basic Commercial Program to help fund new solar panels.

 

2 Use the Texas Public Utility Commission’s Power to Choose website to select a provider with a higher proportion of renewable energy and then notify customers of your commitment to clean energy.