Energy Management, Efficiency, and Renewable Energy
The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) region is expected to grow by 48% by 2040, to approximately 10.6 million. Conservation and resource efficiency will be critical to accommodating growth while also preserving existing regional resources. Implementing energy management programs, energy efficiency, and renewable energy projects can positively impact the North Central Texas region by reducing emissions through the reduction of power generation needed. The linkage between water and energy, or the energy-water nexus, is also important to reducing consumption of important water resources in North Central Texas.
Key resources and projects that NCTCOG supports for North Central Texas are highlighted below.
Conserve North Texas
This website was developed to provide local governments and other users a "one-stop-shop" for a comprehensive inventory of programs, tools, case studies, and other resources that address water, energy, and transportation topics. It is hoped that this will help users quickly locate resources that meet their needs while also highlighting “silo-busting” projects that have found ways to conserve resources in multiple areas. Visit www.conservenorthtexas.org for more information.
Go Solar Texas
To increase deployment of solar across Texas, NCTCOG has worked to compile key resources for Texans interested in learning more about going solar, and developed Texas-specific resources on best management practices for local governments. Visit www.gosolartexas.org for more information. Links to the most popular topics on this page are below:
DFW Clean Cities Coalition
The use of alterantive fuels support reduction goals of the DFW Clean Cities Coalition. Visit www.dfwcleancities.org for more information.
Regional Energy Management Program
- Energy Efficiency Forum
- Building Portfolio Manager
Renewable Energy Projects
State Energy Conservation Office
In 2016 NCTCOG partnered with the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) to expand best management practices for solar photovoltaic systems throughout the State of Texas. Under the project, NCTCOG focused on supply side and demand side activities, including items such as outreach to niche markets, providing trainings and solar information statewide, and expanding permitting and ordinance templates statewide. Visit www.gosolartexas.org for more information.
Solar Ready II
In 2013 and 2014 NCTCOG participated in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Ready II program by partnering with the National Association of Regional Councils, the Mid-America Regional Council, and Meister Consultants Group. NCTCOG worked with local governments and interested parties to implement best management practices and provide training for solar energy in the DFW region. The goal of this project was to improve the DFW solar market by providing a more streamlined and standardized solar process. Visit www.gosolartexas.org/local-governments for more information.
North Central Texas Stewardship Forum
The North Central Texas Environmental Stewardship Forum (Forum) began as an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant funded effort dedicated to bringing together North Central Texas (NCT) governmental and quasi-governmental organizations to share best practices, lessons learned and resources to ease the burden of developing and supporting sustainability and environmental initiatives. Having completed the grant, the participating cities and EPA acknowledge the value the Forum brings to communicating and collaborating to achieve environmental goals. Visit www.nctcog.org/envir/stewardship for more information.
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