Luminant is proud to be an integral part of the communities where our employees live, work and serve. The safety of the public and our employees is always our top priority.
Economic and Community Benefits
As the largest power generator in Texas, our operations produce a significant economic benefit to Texas and its communities through payrolls, purchases, contracts, taxes and capital expenditures. We are the largest taxpayer by a wide margin in virtually all the communities where we operate plants, contributing more than $100 million annually in property taxes alone. We also invest billions of dollars in infrastructure improvements and development, and our plants and mines provide thousands of high-quality jobs, especially in the rural areas of the state.
When there are community needs, Luminant's neighbors know our employees will be there. Over the past five years, we have contributed more than $9.7 million in employee and corporate philanthropy. Luminant employees also spend thousands of hours helping others, serving on myriad civic organizations and volunteering countless hours for the well-being of their neighbors and communities.
Educational outreach is also an essential part of Luminant's community involvement. The centerpiece of our educational and research partnerships, the Luminant Environmental Research Program has provided graduate students with over $4 million in fellowships, produced outstanding scientists and environmental professionals and provided Luminant with sound environmental solutions. Luminant Academy, a partnership with Tyler Junior College in Tyler is improving our current workforce's capabilities and helping assure the next generation of high performers. Luminant Power Track, our career development program, offers accepted students full scholarships to pursue associate degrees and gain real-life work experience that could lead to careers in power plant or mining operations at Luminant.