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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.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As the domestic electric vehicle market in the United States continues to hit its stride and new competitors vie in the race to electrify, Lucid Motors has emerged as an ultra-luxury competitor to EV darling Tesla Motors. This week, Lucid went public through a SPAC with Churchill Capital Corp […]
The Texas freeze and subsequent blackouts have given the Biden administration the chance to show the country how it will handle natural disasters, and they’ve already done one thing much differently than the Trump administration: acknowledged the role of climate change. And now, due to surge pricing, Texans are facing utility bills in the thousands of dollars for what little heat they got.
Why This Matters: The Biden administration wasted no time declaring an emergency and stating it would review preparation for future storms.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Clumps of sticky oil washed up on Israel’s Mediterranean beaches this weekend after a tanker was suspected of leaking. Officials are calling it one of the country’s “most serious ecological disasters” that has already seriously harmed marine life, including sea turtles and a fin whale that washed up dead […]
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