TXU Energy announced the five North Texas companies winning the inaugural TXU Energy Leadership Award Program honors. The five winners exhibited “impressive, measurable results” across the award program’s five energy-related categories said Gabe Castro, vice president of business markets for TXU Energy, adding TXU hopes the success of those companies will motivate other businesses.
The five businesses and organizations define energy responsibility and leadership, according to TXU. “We’re focused on partnering with our customers to help them reach their sustainability goals and keep their environmental commitments,” Castro said in a statement
The awards were announced as part of the TXU Energy Summit held in Dallas and include:
Leadership in Sustainability
City of Dallas
The City of Dallas was recognized as the largest city in the U.S. to power its municipal operations — including more than 13 million square feet of building space and 7,000 municipal vehicles — with 100 percent renewable energy. Part of Dallas’ fleet has been upgraded to electric vehicles, it has upgraded its lighting and backup power for critical services including the 911 call center and emergency operations center, and the City Council directed its staff to implement environmental and climate action planning to make Dallas a greener city.
Leadership in Innovation
Plano-based Cinemark powers its Texas theaters with 100 percent clean energy from solar and wind. It also continues to make use of the latest tech in energy efficiency leading to significantly reducing its carbon footprint each year.
Leadership in Energy Management
Tyler Junior College
Tyler Junior College, one of the largest community colleges in Texas, manages its energy consumption through new technologies even though the first buildings on its 145-acre, 40 building campus were built in the 1940s. It leverages tech from electric vehicle charging stations for its mechanical automotive program to energy efficient equipment in its facilities.
Leadership in Community
Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County
The 501(c)(3) nonprofit has aided TXU Energy customers with energy bill pay assistance through almost $9,000 of TXU Energy Aid funds and helps its clients with fans, air conditioners, and heaters. The Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County program has more than 225 daily volunteer delivery routes and delivers around 1 million meals yearly to homebound, elderly, and disabled clients.
Leadership in Engagement
Huffines Auto Dealerships
Huffines Auto Dealerships have a 94-year history in North Texas and has workplace culture that encourages its more than 750 employees to come up with innovative ideas for energy conservation. These employee-generated ideas have collectively saved over 1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity.