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DFW Begins Constructing Sustainable Utility Plant

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has begun construction on a new $234 million electric Central Utility Plant (eCUP) that will provide sustainably powered heating and cooling capacity to support the growth of the airport.

When completed in mid-2025, the facility will be primarily fueled by electricity purchased by the airport that comes from 100 percent renewable sources. Airport officials said the eCUP will substantially decrease greenhouse gas emissions and lower the plant’s water usage by 29 percent, compared with today’s systems.

“DFW Airport is investing in the future of sustainable aviation, and the addition of a fully electric utility plant is a major component of achieving net-zero carbon emissions from airport operations by 2030,” said Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW Airport. “As we prepare to build new gates and other critical infrastructure, we also will ensure that our growth is environmentally responsible and resilient.”

More than $116 million for the project has been provided by federal sources, including $107 million from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which supports infrastructure improvement projects throughout the country.