08 Jun The U.S. EPA Names El Lago, Texas, a “Green Power Community”
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has honored the city of El Lago, Texas, with the designation of a “Green Power Community.” The EPA chooses cities, towns, villages, and counties that use green power in amounts that meet or exceed their usage requirements as Green Power Communities. El Lago earned this title by utilizing more than 1.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of completely green power each year. Green Power Energy provides the green power to the city. El Lago and Green Mountain Energy worked together to apply for the designation. The announcement was made on April 8th at the city’s annual City Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt. El Lago is the only city in the state of Texas (so far) to be recognized as a Green Power Community.
Green Mountain Energy provides the city of El Lago with 100 percent clean wind energy. Every resident of El Lago that decides to purchase a renewable electric energy plan from the company receives a five percent discount on their services. “Green Mountain Energy is honored to support the city and residents of El Lago in their mission to become an EPA Green Power Community in Texas,” said general manager and vice president of Green Mountain Energy Mark Parsons. “In working with institutions like El Lago, we can maintain a foundation of green power for today and the future.”
“The city of El Lago is proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for our green efforts,” announced El Lago mayor Robert White on April 8th. “Even though we’re a small city, we can help influence major change in the world – one light switch at a time. We hope this recognition will inspire other communities across Texas to support renewable energy.”
Depending on where you live, you may not be able to switch a local community to solar or wind power. But there are other methods by which companies can go green and do their part to protect the planet. By donating your excess goods via Good360 your organization can benefit the circular economy and reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills each year.