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A recent analysis by PV Magazine has revealed that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (which operates most of the state’s electric grid) has had applications for an additional 165 GWac of solar energy to be built in Texas. While Texas has been the epicenter of the fossil fuel industry it also has the potential to move away from coal entirely and expand its role as a leader in renewable energy. Additionally, Texas could also soon be home to the world’s largest battery for renewable energy. As Bloomberg reported, the 495-megawatt storage system would be built in tandem with a solar farm of the same size in Borden County, TX and would be a big step to proving naysayers of renewable energy feasibility wrong.
Why This Matters: In terms of renewable energy, Texas has been known for its wind power (and currently leads the nation in wind generation) but because of its resources has immense potential to become a leader in solar energy as well. However, this will take help from the state government and policies such as requiring solar panels on all new construction homes in the state (similar to what California did last year) could generate a ten-fold increase in solar capacity and drastically cut air pollution. It goes to show that even in a red state, the case for renewable energy is overwhelming. Not only is there money to be made in Texas’ renewable energy industry but since Texas is the largest energy producing state and also the largest energy consuming state in the nation, its switch to renewables would mean a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
During his 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump promised to reopen coal mines and expressed to coal communities that he was their last shot at reviving the ailing industry. After the media drastically twisted Hillary Clinton’s comments about a just transition for coal miners, Trump was able to paint himself as a savior for struggling rural […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A climate battle is quietly raging in homes across America. Cities are increasingly adopting and implementing policies to reduce carbon emissions at every level, despite opposition from Washington’s biggest construction and fossil fuel trade associations. The International Code Council, which, despite its name, serves primarily the U.S., met this […]
Yesterday, the International Energy Agency published its 2020 World Energy Outlook, which focuses on the next decade in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and makes a bold forecast: oil demand will hit a plateau in 2030 and decline from there, while solar energy could become the “new king of the world’s electricity markets.” In […]
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