Environment & Energy Report

Built by Oil’s Riches, Houston Goes 100% Green Years Earlier (1)

May 22, 2020, 4:36 PM

The oil and natural gas capital of the world is going all-in on solar power.

Houston will begin a new five-year contact in July with NRG Energy Inc. to power all of its city-owned properties, from fire stations to airports, with renewable energy. The move means the nation’s fourth-largest city will reach its goal of 100% renewable power five years sooner than anticipated.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
Photographer: F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg

It’s just the latest milestone for a community that’s quietly been going green for more than a decade. Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is actively courting Elon Musk to relocate Tesla Inc. and SpaceX to Houston,...

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