Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Effort to rein in renewable energy goals wins passage in Texas Senate

A proposal to rein in Texas renewable energy program  won passage in the Texas Senate on Tuesday.
The bill by state Sen. Troy Fraser , R-Horseshoe Bay, would end a state mandate that requires utilities to get a portion of their electricity from renewables.
“We’re just declaring victory,” Fraser explained on the Senate floor on Tuesday, saying the state has successfully met its renewable energy goals.
The bill has the support of the oil and gas industry, which has decried subsidies for renewables. But the wind and solar industries say the bill could hamper renewable investment in Texas.
The American Wind Energy Association, a trade group, says in a new report that Texas “is currently experiencing a wind rush,” with more than 7,500 megawatts of new wind capacity was under construction in the state at the end of 2014. That’s more new wind capacity under construction in Texas than is installed in any other single state.

1 comment:

  1. This is just the beginning. More distributed solar should be distributed throughout the state. I have heard both sides, from those who claim their property value has diminished to those who claim that the land leases have saved their ranch or farm and reduced overall cost of electricity.