University of Houston System Partners with TXU Energy to Power All System Facilities

The University of Houston System has entered into a multi-year partnership with TXU Energy to provide electricity across the entire system, including its university campuses and instructional sites as well as its athletic facilities. The agreement includes investments in UH scholarships as well as energy-efficiency projects.

TXU Energy will fund $370,000 in UH scholarships over 10 years, the company said, including "endowed scholarships and funding for programs focused on energy and STEM education." In addition, the university will receive "Greenback dollar" rebates for making energy-efficient improvements at its facilities. "These dollars can fund new or existing energy efficiency projects and come with expert guidance on implementation," the company explained.

"When considering the University of Houston's size and the scope of world-class facilities, labs, and research centers that need power, only a provider with a strong history of operational excellence is up to the task," said Gabe Castro, senior vice president of business markets for TXU Energy, in a statement. "We approached this partnership first with the promise of delivering safe, reliable electricity. As we learned more, our market insight and expertise allowed us to create a custom solution that aligns with the university's short and long-term goals."

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