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Energy efficiency reduced pollution equal to 2.2 million cars, saved consumers billions

HOUSTON - Energy efficiency programs in Texas reduced air pollution by as much as put out by 2.2 million cars while saving consumers billions of dollars last year, according to new data obtained from the Energy System Laboratory at Texas A&M University. Community groups shared the data as part of Energy Efficiency Day, an annual nationwide event (energyefficiencyday.org) held on October 5 and officially recognized by proclamations issued by the cities of Dallas and Austin.

2018 Cool House Tour

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

This past Sunday I braced the scorching summer heat, along with other sustainability-oriented Austinites, to see some of the city’s greenest homes on display for the 22nd annual Cool House Tour. Beyond Energy Star appliances and solar panels, I had little to no knowledge on the types of fixes that could make homes more energy efficient. I was a little apprehensive to walk in the first house with my lack of knowledge, however, my insecurities faded quickly as I was met with welcoming smiles and by those willing to share their knowledge at every home.

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Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America

Solar power is expanding rapidly. The United States now has over 53 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed – enough to power 10.1 million homes and 26 times as much capacity as was installed at the end of 2010.[1] Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them.

Denton to go 100% renewable

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

Three years ago, Georgetown became the first city to use 100% renewable energy in Texas. On February 6, 2018, Denton, Texas has the opportunity to become the second. To Denton natives such as myself, this news should not come as a surprise.

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Making Sense of Energy Storage

America must shift away from fossil fuels and towards clean, renewable sources of energy in order to protect our air, water and land, and to avoid the worst consequences of global warming. Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, are virtually unlimited and produce little to no pollution. With renewable energy technology improving and costs plummeting, it is now possible to imagine a future in which all of America’s energy comes from clean, renewable sources. The availability of wind and solar power, however, varies by the hour, day and season. To repower our economy with clean energy, we need an electric grid that is capable of incorporating large volumes of variable renewable resources. Energy storage technologies can be an important part of that electric grid of the future, helping to assure reliable access to electricity while supporting America’s transition to 100 percent renewable energy. To get the most benefit out of energy storage, however, policy-makers and the general public need to understand how energy storage works, where and when it is necessary, and how to structure public policy to support the appropriate introduction of energy storage.

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Environmentalists call on PUC to authorize energy storage to expedite Texas' shift to clean energy

AUSTIN – Environment Texas and the Sierra Club called on the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) to approve a proposal by American Electric Power (AEP) to install two lithium-ion battery systems and to open up a rulemaking to clarify that energy storage technologies may be used by transmission companies for reliability purposes, even as they are also used by other market participants to provide electricity or shift electric demand. The groups pointed to a new Environment Texas report showing that energy storage technologies can be an important part of that electric grid of the future, helping to assure reliable access to electricity while supporting America’s transition to 100 percent renewable energy.

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Most Texas members of Congress fail to defend our environment and our families’ health

Members of the Lone Star State's congressional delegation voted to support environmental protections only 28% of the time on average, according to a new scorecard from Environment Texas. The scorecard evaluates the state's 2 U.S. senators and 36 U.S. representatives on 32 key environmental votes. While Senators John Conryn and Ted Cruz both scored 0%, Texas can be proud of 3 representatives who scored 100% — Joaquin Castro, Lloyd Doggett, and Beto O'Rourke.

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Southwestern University and University of North Texas lead Texas colleges in renewable energy

AUSTIN-  Southwestern University in Georgetown and the University of North Texas in Denton lead Texas colleges in use of renewable energy, according to an analysis released today by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. Both universities are powered 100% by wind and solar energy from their municipal utilities, Georgetown Utility Systems and Denton Municipal Electric. Fifteen more Texas colleges report at least some use of renewable energy, including from on-campus solar installations and power purchase agreements for utility-scale wind or solar energy. Environment Texas Research and Policy Center today also released Renewable Energy 101: Ten Tools forMoving your Campus to 100% Clean Energy, a series of factsheets highlighting 10 key tools to help Texas universities with building a 100 percent clean, renewable energy system.

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