Among the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Top 20 Local Government List of the largest green power purchasers, is DFW International Airport. DFW, the first airport in Texas to achieve the recognition, is purchasing nearly 53 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually – enough green power to meet 18 percent of the organization’s purchased electricity use. The airport is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Reliant Energy.
Earlier this week, the EPA updated each of its National Top Partner lists, highlighting some of America’s largest green power purchasers. The Airport currently ranks no. 11 on EPA’s Top 20 Local Government List. (http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/)
“This is a huge honor, and we are proud to be recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency,” said Jim Crites, DFW’s executive vice president of operations. “Purchasing green power helps the airport become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the US that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in reducing climate risk. DFW has demonstrated its commitment to the highest standards of environmental stewardship, and because of this, the airport and the entire north Texas region is benefitting from lower emissions.”
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally-preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, and geothermal. These resources generate electricity with little or no increase in carbon dioxide emissions, while offering a superior environmental profile compared to traditional power generation sources. Green power purchases also support the development of new renewable energy generation sources nationwide. DFW’s key to success with its green initiatives has been the implementation of its Environmental Management System, which serves as a platform to manage regulated aspects of the Airport’s air transportation operations and commercial enterprise.
“EPA commends our leading partners for their continued commitment to protecting the environment by using green power,” said Ann Bailey, acting director of the Climate Protection Partnerships Division at EPA. “By supporting green power, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, supporting clean energy technologies, and contributing to a clean energy future.”
According to the EPA, DFW’s green power purchase of nearly 53 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 7,000 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power more than 5,000 average American homes annually.