Posted in Energy, geothermal, renewable portfolio standard, Renewables, solar, Texas Legislature, wind, tagged Clean Energy, Energy, geothermal, geothermal energy, green jobs, Public Citizen, public citizen texas, rafael anchia, renewable energy, Renewables, solar, solar energy, solar power, Texas, texas house, wind, wind energy, wind power on February 8, 2013 |
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Two bills have now been filed in the Texas House that would expand the state’s goals for renewable energy. Representative Rafael Anchia‘s bill, HB 723, would establish goals for growing renewable energy installations other than large-scale wind through 2022. Similarly, Representative Eddie Rodriquez‘s bill, HB 303, would establish a goal for solar installations and increase the existing goal (which was met 15 years ahead of schedule) for all renewable energy for 2020.
We applaud these efforts and the leadership that Rep. Anchia and Rep. Rodriquez are showing by filing these bills. These proposals recognize that success is a good thing and something we want more of. You wouldn’t think that would need saying, but when a state agency recommends tossing out a successful policy, I start to wonder. Texas’s renewable energy goals have been extraordinarily successful. Not only have the goals been met ahead of time, but they have spurred development of the wind industry in Texas, bringing economic benefits to rural parts of West Texas, as well as to manufacturing centers. On top of that, wind energy is helping to keep electric bills lower.
A carpenter doesn’t throw away her hammer just because she finished building her first book shelf and Texas shouldn’t repeal it’s renewable energy policies, just because we’ve met some of our goals (remember, the non-wind goal was never enforced). Wind energy does now makes a substantial contribution to meeting the state’s electrical needs – it contributed a record 26% this past Christmas day, but solar energy is still very underutilized (accounting for less than 1% of energy on the ERCOT grid, which serves 85% of the Texas population) and the geothermal energy industry is still getting off it’s feet. As Rep. Anchia and Rep. Rodriquez’s bills show, this successful policy tool can be adjusted to keep moving Texas forward.
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Posted in Consumers, Energy, geothermal, green jobs, renewable portfolio standard, Renewables, solar, tagged Clean Energy, CPS Energy, geothermal, geothermal energy, green jobs, Public Citizen, public citizen texas, renewable energy, Renewables, SEED Coalition, Sierra Club, solar, solar power, Texas on September 13, 2012 |
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Yesterday, Clean Energy Works for Texas – a coalition consisting of Public Citizen, Sierra Club, Texas BlueGreen Apollo Alliance, Progress Texas, Clean Water Action, Environment Texas, North Texas Renewable Energy Group, North Texas Renewable Energy Inc., SEED Coalition, Solar Austin, Solar San Antonio, Texas Campaign for the Environment and Texas Pecan Alliance – filed a petition with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) asking for a rule-making to implement the non-wind renewable portfolio standard (RPS).
A law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2005 established that at least 500 megawatts (MW) of the electricity used in Texas would come from renewable energy sources other than wind by 2015. The PUC, however, has failed to establish rules to ensure that this goal is reached. Clean Energy Works for Texas calls on the PUC to fulfill its statutory duty and create rules to ensure that the goal is reached. The petition also proposes and expansion of that goal to 3,000 MW by 2025.
The non-wind RPS would provide a level of certainty for investors considering Texas for clean energy projects. While the wind industry has thrived in Texas, thanks, at least in part, to the RPS, other renewable energy industries have lagged behind. Implementation of the non-wind RPS would send a signal to investors that Texas is open for business. At at time when nearly a million Texans are looking for work, developing 21st century industries here in Texas should be a priority.
Texas has immense solar resources, as well as substantial geothermal resources that, if developed, could be providing the State with additional electricity that it needs. Electricity market regulators and policy-makers have had numerous discussions about electricity generation shortages over the past year. The petition filed by Clean Energy Works for Texas offers a solution – and it’s one that can be expanded upon in the coming years.
Please visit www.CleanEnergyWorksForTexas.org to learn more and send an email to to the PUC in support of the non-wind RPS.
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