Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has broken ground on constructing an electric central utility plant (eCUP) to provide heating and cooling capacity using sustainable energy.

This project will support the growth of DFW Airport while aligning with its commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.

The future supplemental eCUP at DFW
The future supplemental eCUP at DFW

The 234 million USD eCUP facility will be primarily fuelled by electricity purchased from 100% renewable sources.

Once complete in mid-2025, it will provide additional capacity for future airport growth. In addition, the site will decrease greenhouse gas emissions, improve local air quality by reducing ozone precursor emissions, and lower water usage by 29% compared with today’s systems.

The ground breaking ceremony took place on 9 August 2023
The ground breaking ceremony took place on 9 August 2023
Sean Donohue, Chief Executive Officer, DFW Airport said:

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. As we prepare to build new gates and other critical infrastructure, we also will ensure that our growth is environmentally responsible and resilient. The eCUP will help us meet these goals and further our commitment to sustainability and innovation, while creating more than 1,400 jobs.

More than 116 million USD of funding for this project has been provided by federal sources, including more than 107 million USD from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.


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