Five stories that have North Texas talking: Denton could reach 100 percent renewable sooner than expected; the Astros are going to the World Series; early voting starts today; and more.
Denton could get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources — like solar and wind — by 2020, if city officials heed the recommendations of a consulting group.
Enterprise Risk Consulting is scheduled to present its energy plan Monday to the Denton Public Utilities Board, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle. City Council will review the plan with any comments from the utilities board on Tuesday.
The group’s main recommendation is for Denton Municipal Electric to purchase more energy from wind and solar farms when electricity is needed most. "Solar farms and coastal wind farms make the most electricity on a hot summer afternoon. If DME signs long-term contracts for solar and coastal wind energy, Denton can reach 100 percent renewable by 2020," the Record-Chronicle reports.
Enterprise Risk Consulting, based in Austin and Santa Fe, helped Georgetown develop its plan to abandon fossil fuels and become one of the first U.S. cities to be 100 percent renewable.
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- Back to the ballot box: There are seven proposed state amendments and a handful of local initiatives to consider this election. Early voting starts today. Election Day is Nov. 7. We have a North Texas voter guide for all of your FAQs. [KERA News]
- #EarnHistory: The Houston Astros are headed to the World Series after beating the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night. The only time the Astros have made an appearance in the World Series was in 2005 when they lost to the Chicago White Sox. [NPR]
— Houston Astros (@astros) October 22, 2017
- Five presidents, one appeal: Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama came together Saturday night in College Station for a hurricane relief concert, featuring Lady Gaga. Funds benefit victims of Harvey, Irma and Maria. [NPR]
- Bidi bidi bom bom: Beloved Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla will be honored with the 2,622nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 3. [WalkOfFame.com]