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Port Houston moves ahead on renewable energy

Written by Marine Log Staff
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Wind blades aboard a ship at Port Houston’s Turning Basin Terminal

Ports as well as shipping lines are making efforts to decarbonize. Among them is Port Houston. It is set to begin to purchase renewable electricity port-wide, In a move that would make it the first port in the U.S. to administer such a program.

Port Director Roger Guenther was given authorization by the Port Commission Tuesday to enter into final negotiations for the purchase of renewable electricity with three retail electric providers: Constellation New Energy, Inc., MP2 Energy Texas, and NRG Business Solutions.

The authorization includes determining which provider’s proposal provides the best value for the port then entering into a ten-year contract with that provider at a cost not to exceed $35 million.

Port Houston will save about $240,000 annually by moving from a three-year to a ten-year term, or a savings of $2.5 million over the longer time. Sourcing the electricity from 100 percent renewable generation will eliminate about 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide from Port Houston’s carbon footprint or a quarter of a million tons over ten years.

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