2011 Public Power Award trophies | Photo Courtesy of the American Public Power Association
With their successful and creative use of wind power, Texas' CPS Energy and Denton Municipal Electric beat out 15 other nominees to win the 2011 Public Power Award last week.
And Denton Municipal Electric of Denton, Texas, purchased enough wind power -- 539,000 MWh -- from the Wolf Ridge Wind Farm last fiscal year to power about 49,450 homes. In just one year, Denton’s purchase has reduced air pollution by preventing the release of 424,128 tons of carbon dioxide, 206 tons of nitrogen oxide and 1,257 tons of sulfur dioxide emissions.
Wolf Ridge Wind Farm in Muenster, Texas, which generates 40 percent of Denton's
electricity. | Photo courtesy of Denton Municipal Electric
The annual Public Power Award, sponsored by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Wind Powering America initiative and the American Public Power Association, recognizes public power utility companies at the forefront of developing America's vast wind resources and providing affordable electricity to customers.