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Renewable Energy

The City of Denton is committed to improving quality of life, protecting the environment, and creating economic opportunities for its citizens, businesses, and institutions.  The City’s Sustainability Plan, adopted in February 2012, incorporates strategies selected through rigorous public and industry involvement.

Of Denton’s many sustainability-driven offerings to industry, the most utilized is provided by Denton Municipal Electric (DME), our community-owned municipal electric utility. DME is very proud to lead the nation with more wind power per capita than any other city; and energy created by recaptured methane at Denton’s landfill power more than 1,700 homes in Denton each year. 40% of Denton’s energy comes from renewable resources, and this renewable power is extended to every Denton home and business at no additional charge. Upcoming additions to DME’s renewable energy portfolio will take its renewables percentage well above 40%.

Research projects underway at Denton’s University of North Texas seek to help companies identify opportunities and create solutions to keep them at the forefront of their industries and markets. Here are a few of examples of the many projects with sustainable energy applications:

  • At UNT’s Zero Net Energy Lab – the only lab of its kind in Texas – students and faculty focus on improving the environment as they work with the latest sustainable energy technologies and monitor how people use energy in their everyday lives. The lab, which opened in 2012, is a testing ground for solar and wind power systems, energy-efficient windows, sustainable building materials, and energy monitoring systems.
     
  • In a world competition to develop sustainable water sources to ensure food security in USAID countries, a UNT team’s hybrid wind-solar powered water desalination apparatus was among the three teams named Desal Prize finalists.
     
  • UNT’s Renewable Bioproducts Research Cluster focuses on plant, bacteria and other bio-agent materials as alternatives to non-renewable counterparts.   Alternative motor oils, solar cells, biodegradable consumer packaging and composite fibers used in building construction are potential application areas for this research.