Dallas / Fort Worth Energy Report

Climate Impact on Dallas / Fort Worth Energy

The DFW area is classified as a humid subtropical climate, like much of the Texas, and is prone to frequent storms. The peak energy demand months are during the summer in June – August, due to extreme heat, and residents can occasionally experience brownouts and rolling blackouts due to the strain on the power grid in these months. High electric bills during the summer are very common due to extensive air conditioner usage. The mild Dallas / Fort Worth winters typically keep home heating costs below average.

Dallas & Fort Worth are located in the southern end of “Tornado Alley” and are highly susceptible to tornadic activity. Tornados and strong thunderstorms possess the potential to disrupt the electric grid and leave local residents without power for extended periods of time. Extra consideration should be given to the mounting security for wind and solar power generating devices.

Solar Power Production – Dallas / Fort Worth

ECA Energy Savings Rating – #NR “Solar Potential” Market

Dallas / Fort Worth is slightly above average when it comes to solar potential. The metro area averages 4.75+/- kilowatt hours per day per square meter (kWh/m²) of solar panels. According to statistics, the Dallas area averages 2,848 sunshine hours per year with the peak months being July and August.

Wind Power Production – Dallas / Fort Worth

ECA Energy Savings Rating – #XX “Wind Potential” Market

Dallas / Fort Worth is slightly above average when it comes to wind potential. The metro area averages +/- kilowatt hours per day per square meter (kWh/m²)

Hydrogen Power Production – Dallas / Fort Worth

DFW shows moderate hydrogen production potential from its green renewable resources in the near future. The NREL has proposed 4 new hydrogen fueling stations to be built along I-35 and I-20 in the Greater Dallas / Fort Worth area as part of a plan to develop US hydrogen infrastructure. There is high demand for hydrogen in the market compared to the rest of the US and it appears to be growing steadily. Due to the high concentration of oil & gas energy companies in the Greater DFW area, it appears very likely that much of the future hydrogen research and development could be based here.

Geothermal Power Production – Dallas / Fort Worth

Dallas / Fort Worth has very limited geothermal energy production currently but there is a high potential belt to the east of the city that extends up in to East Texas. In 2010 the SMU Geothermal Laboratory published research that confirms the viability of using pre-drilled oil & gas wells in this region for production of geothermal energy.

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