At Luminant, our commitment to service has always gone far beyond providing electricity to our state. We're also invested in the communities where we live and work. We operate in a safe and environmentally sound manner for the well-being of the public and our employees, provide community support and contribute to Texas' economic development, and respect and engender diversity in our workforce and suppliers. We've focused our energies on being socially responsible since Luminant's predecessors turned on North Texas' first electric lights in 1882, and we're looking forward to powering the future.
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 tens of millions of dollars 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. In addition to their contributions, 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.