AUSTIN, Texas -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its annual ranking of Top Green Power Partners, and the City of Austin ranks fifth in the nation among local government purchasers of energy produced by renewable sources.

Austin is also the largest city in the country to have 100 percent of all city-owned buildings and facilities powered by renewable energy resources. Austin Energy, boasts the No. 1 renewable energy program in the nation for sales every year since 2001.
Austin uses nearly 328 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually for its operations, which represents 100 percent of its total power needs.

This is equivalent to the annual electricity use of nearly 30,000 average American homes.