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New study: Solar exploded 339-fold, wind quadrupled in Texas in last decade

HOUSTON - Since 2009, Texas has seen almost a 340-fold increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and similarly impressive growth in wind, energy storage, and electric vehicle technology, according to a new report from Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. And earlier this summer, ERCOT revealed that wind outproduced coal in Texas in the first half of the year, for the first time ever.

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Renewables on the Rise 2019

Clean energy is sweeping across America and is poised for more dramatic growth in the coming years. Wind turbines and solar panels were novelties ten years ago; today, they are everyday parts of America’s energy landscape. Energy-saving LED light bulbs cost $40 apiece as recently as 2010; today, they cost a few dollars at the hardware store. Just a few years ago, electric vehicles seemed a far-off solution to decarbonize our transportation system; now, they have broken through to the mass market. Virtually every day, there are new developments that increase our ability to produce renewable energy, apply renewable energy more widely and flexibly to meet a wide range of energy needs, and reduce our overall energy use – developments that enable us to envision an economy powered entirely with clean, renewable energy.

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Bipartisan Senate bill to ramp up renewable energy

HOUSTON - A new bill filed today by Senator Tom Udall and others will put the U.S. on track for at least 50 percent renewable electricity nationwide by 2035. The Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) Act of 2019 requires all states to steadily increase their use of renewable sources like wind and solar each year. It builds on the wave of ambitious renewable energy policies in the states and is designed to ensure that renewable energy advances in every state. 

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Environment Texas releases scorecard, calls legislative session a “net positive”

AUSTIN - Ten legislators earned perfect scores on Environment Texas’ biennial scorecard, following a legislative session the group called a “net positive” for the environment. The group heralded victories on air quality, parks and renewable energy, while pointing out losses on water quality and environmental enforcement.  

Happy Sine Die! On this last day of the 86th session of the Texas Legislature, it appears we'll end up with mixed results for the environment. It could have been worse. Polluters have a lot of power in the #txlege, so it's remarkable what was accomplished. Assuming the Governor signs all the bills, this is my read on the highlights and lowlights of session.

19 days left in the Texas legislature

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

We're down to less than 19 days left in the Legislative session. Here's where we stand.

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Environment Texas decries “cynical” ploy to attack clean energy while ignoring market impacts of subsidies for dirtier energy

AUSTIN - Wind and solar power receive half the state subsidies that other forms of energy do — yet they’re the sole focus of a bill up in the Texas Senate that’s seemingly designed to cast doubt on these increasingly important sources of clean electricity in Texas.

Many of us are eager to build a greener, healthier world, one powered solely by clean, renewable energy. But with the lack of leadership at the state and federal level, we have to be creative in advancing that vision. Thankfully many cities, colleges and other institutions are making the switch to wind and solar power, but more needs to be done. Join us for a webinar to learn how you can help.

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Faculty letter to UTSA in support of 100% Renewable Energy

52 members of the UTSA faculty wrote to President Eighmy in support of the campus powering its operations with 100% renewable energy.

Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

UTSA Student Groups call for 100% Renewable Energy

10 student groups at UT San Antonio wrote President Eighmy urging that the campus be powered with 100% renewable energy.