City of Austin - Green Power Purchasing

August 27, 2021


As of July 2021, The City of Austin was ranked sixth on the EPA Green Power Partnership Top 30 Local Government list. 

Austin is the largest city in the U.S. to have all city-owned buildings and facilities powered by renewable energy resources. Austin has used renewable energy to power 100% of municipal operations since 2011.

On April 10, 2014, Austin City Council passed Resolution 20140410-024, which establishes a new long-term goal of reaching net zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, or earlier if feasible.  Office of Sustainability Climate Program staff started planning efforts to develop energy, transportation, waste, and industrial sector-based action plans to meet this goal, which includes collaboration with public experts, City departments, and public input plan.

Austin Energy, the seventh largest municipal utility in the country, supplied 38% renewable energy to meet customer needs. The utility purchased power from six utility-scale solar farms and eight wind farms across Texas, while securing utility-scale renewable resource generation capacity of more than 2,100 MW, from wind, solar, and biomass.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Green Power Purchasing
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Landfill Gas
Renewables % or Amount: 0% Green House Gas Emissions by 2050.
Source: Wind, Landfill Gas, Photovoltaics


Name: Resolution 20140410-024
Date Enacted: 04/10/2014
Effective Date: 04/10/2014

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.