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Blueprint for America

Americans agree: Our nation's infrastructure needs work. Republicans, Democrats and independents alike all support boosting federal investment in infrastructure.1 A transpartisan effort to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure can help to bring Americans together at a time of increasing polarization and help heal the economic wounds caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Throwing money at the problem, however, is not the solution. Nor is rebuilding the same old infrastructure in the same old ways. A transformative infrastructure plan for the United States must focus on the nation’s key 21st century priorities and use taxpayer resources wisely. It should focus infrastructure investment in ways that will make us healthier and safer, prioritize infrastructure repair, avoid investing in infrastructure likely to become “stranded assets,” and get the most out of every dollar invested by using our infrastructure efficiently.

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Longtime wind leader Texas ranks just 11th nationally for percentage of renewables

AUSTIN - Texas has long led the nation in total wind power capacity, but with 21.9% of total electricity sales coming from renewable energy, Texas ranks just 11th in the nation for its percentage of renewables, according to a new study by the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. Oklahoma, Iowa, Kansas and North Dakota all had more than 45% renewable power in 2019.

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Renewables on the Rise 2020

Clean energy is sweeping across America and is poised for more dramatic growth in the coming years. Wind and solar energy were just beginning to take off ten years ago; today, they are everyday parts of America’s energy landscape. America produces almost four times as much renewable electricity from the sun and wind as it did in 2010. Today, wind, solar and geothermal power provide nearly 10% of our nation’s electricity.

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New report ranks higher ed on renewable energy

The report shows that more than 40 colleges and universities currently obtain 100 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources.

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America’s Top Colleges for Renewable Energy 2020

America’s Top Colleges for Renewable Energy 2020: Who’s Leading the Transition to 100% Renewable Energy on Campus? ranks campuses in three categories: shifting to renewable electricity; repowering buildings with clean energy; and adopting electric vehicles (EVs). 

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Austin Community College shifts two campuses to 100% renewable electricity

Austin Community College (ACC) announced a plan yesterday to power two campuses, ACC Round Rock and ACC Elgin, with 100 percent renewable electricity beginning in June 2020.  With this announcement, ACC joins other higher education leaders in Texas such as Southwestern University and the University of North Texas in shifting to clean, renewable electricity. ACC is the first community college district in Texas to switch over some of its campuses entirely to wind and solar power. The announcement comes after Environment Texas Research and Policy Center was joined by 100 faculty in a letter in March encouraging ACC to continue its leadership by committing to transition off of fossil fuel energy.

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Letter to Harris County Commissioners on renewable energy

We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, thank you for your recent vote on purchasing renewable energy credits to cover 100% of Harris County’s electricity supply for the next year: it’s a great first step. But there is so much more we can do to become a greener county, and we urge you to demonstrate further leadership on climate change action.

Testimony before Harris County Commissioners Court on 100% renewable energy

By | Jen Schmerling
Deputy Director, Environment Texas

Here is the testimony I delivered to the Harris County Commissioners Court calling on the county to embrace 100% renewable energy. 

2019: A year of results for Texas' environment

By | Luke Metzger
Executive Director

I'm proud of the work my team at Environment Texas did this year to protect Texas’ wild places, protect air and water quality, fight global warming and move to a 100% clean economy and more. Here are some of the highlights:

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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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