Dallas, May 13, 2011 — The city of McKinney's first electric vehicle plugs into its own EV charging station at the city's Roy and Helen Hall Library downtown provided through the TXU Energy EV Accelerator Program.
This station is one of the city's four planned charging stations. The remaining charging stations will be located at the McKinney Senior Recreation Center, as well as the office buildings for the Development Services and Public Work departments.
In addition to installing the charging stations, TXU Energy worked with the city of McKinney to secure a grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments, who is funding the conversion of three existing city vehicles, Toyota Prius hybrids, into plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
The city of McKinney's sustainability programs are led by the Office of Environmental Stewardship. Currently, the community is creating a sustainability plan and implementing projects from a recent Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant of more than $1 million received from the Department of Energy.
The projects have been open to community input through a series of meetings and include a renewable demonstration project, a bicycle study, an urban canopy study and a water conservation program.
TXU Energy is providing $150,000 in rebates to the city of McKinney through its Brighten GreenBack program of energy saving solutions. This includes the TXU Energy EV Accelerator Program and various energy efficiency incentives. These rebates to the city are included in a four-year contract the city recently signed with TXU Energy for electricity service.
Brighten GreenBack, an energy savings solution from TXU Energy, gives businesses incentives for making a positive impact on the environment.
With Brighten GreenBack funds, business customers can invest in and modify their facilities when they sign up on or renew a 12-month minimum term commodity contract.
These funds are above and beyond what could be received from local transmission and distribution utilities. And, business customers can make modifications, including through the EV Accelerator Program, that save energy and money now and in the future.