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

  • Five-year contract with NRG Energy to power city properties
  • Mayor seeks to broaden out image of city beyond oil and gas
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
Houston Mayor Sylvester TurnerPhotographer: F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg
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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.