Utilities Administration Section
Utility Administration staff manage City energy supply- & demand-side initiatives as regards its municipal facilities. This includes negotiation of electricity & natural gas supply contracts, facilitation & implementation of energy conservation measure, and validation & processing of associated invoices. Section staff also facilitate validation & processing of City franchise fee revenues from utility companies utilizing its rights-of-way.
Resource Conservation Program
Resource Conservation is a demand-side management program with origins back to the energy crises of the 1970s and the City’s subsequent development & implementation of an Energy Management Plan in 1981. Since the State of Texas’ electricity market deregulation at the turn of the 21st-century, the Texas State Energy Conservation Office has been facilitating statewide such efforts as this City program directs.
The City’s annual report to SECO provides compliance with Texas Senate Bill 898 of 2011. This legislation relates to energy efficiency programs in institutions of higher education and in governmental entities, such as Fort Worth, with facilities located within nonattainment or near non-attainment by National Ambient Air Quality Standards; interests are improved environmental air quality and capital & operating budget management.
Better Buildings Program
The Better Buildings Challenge was launched in 2011 by U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. The goal of its initial Better Buildings Challenge program is to improve the efficiency of American commercial, institutional, and multifamily buildings and industrial plants by 20-percent or more over ten years; a goal closely aligning with the City strategic goal of improving area mobility & air quality.
In 2012, by Community Partner Agreement, the City joined the national BBC-effort and established the Fort Worth BBC Advisory Committee to facilitate local public-private partnerships. This committee of 12-local ally organizations has assisted its 17-local partners in achieving a collective 16-percent reduction in energy intensity for the 20-million square feet of community facilities committed to this community effort.
Since 2012, the City has partnered with the DOE in other Better Buildings programs. One was a _Case Competition_ (2013) which allowed City leadership & staff, and local utility representatives, to get national input from eight-university student teams regarding specific challenges regarding state energy efficiency and air quality program interests. Others, in 2013 & 2016 respectively, were the Performance Contracting- & Wastewater Infrastructure-Accelerators which forwarded local investment in energy efficiency through specific innovative approaches.
In 2016, the City joined the DOE’s Better Communities Alliance, a program to bring together public- & private-sector leaders to deliver energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable energy solutions that create cleaner and more prosperous communities. The BCA provides the City integrated expertise, resources, and peer-networking opportunities from across the broader government-, nonprofit-, philanthropic-, and private-sectors. All Better Buildings efforts align with Texas State Legislation and City Council policies, & City Management programs.
The City pays for electric-, natural gas-, and water-utility services. Herein represents the State-required reporting by electronic record of the metered amount of those utilities and the aggregated costs for those services. The below provides compliance with the Texas House Bill 3693 of 2007 related to the State’s interest in energy demand, energy load, energy efficiency incentives, energy programs, and energy performance measures. The goal is to reduce energy & water consumption by encouraging both efficiency improvements and resource conservation.
Fiscal Year 2016, 2017, 2018
|Utility||Service Provider||State FY2016||State FY2017||State FY2018|
|Total Cost||All Above||$104,636,380||$97,908,722||$100,510,875|
|Electricity||The Texas General Land Office||265,922,349 kWh||255,631,026 kWh||274,332,329 kWh|
|TXU Energy Retail Company, LLC||42,044,331 kWh||35,525,462 kWh||31,841,605 kWh|
|Tri-County Electric Co-Op Inc.||3,680,790 kWh||3,711,490 kWh||3,903,282 kWh|
|CoServ Electric||236,253 kWh||391,162 kWh||399,996 kWh|
|United Cooperative Services||1,684 kWh||1,506 kWh||1,511 kWh|
|Natural Gas||Atmos Energy Corporation||104,500 MCF||119,714 MCF||177,082 MCF|
|CenterPoint Energy Services, Inc. (AEM)||903,764 MCF||397,457 MCF||455,477 MCF|
|Water||City of Fort Worth, Water Department||85,742,397 CCF||90,063,093 CCF||99,983,064 CCF|
City of Fort Worth
Department of Property Management
Utility Administration Section
900 MOnroe St. Suite 400
Fort Worth,Texas 76102
Samuel C. Steele, C.E.M., C.E.P.
Energy Compliance Analyst