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Cost-Competitive Renewables Poised to Grow in Deregulated Texas Market

Texas offers an instructive case study for the growth of renewable energy. Most of the state’s electricity is delivered through the deregulated Electric Reliability Council of Texas market. The state has long since surpassed its mandated renewable portfolio standard, so market dynamics dictate the ongoing pace of renewables growth. Nonetheless, Texas is by far the country’s largest wind power generator and is slated to see major growth in solar capacity as well.

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Wind turbines in central Texas

Texas Freezes, the Grid Cracks, and We Pick Up the Pieces

When you fiddle with spreadsheet cells or engineering models all day in pursuit of clean energy, the sound of stasis can clang in your ears. So after local and national politicians blamed wind turbines for a power outage that interrupted water supplies and left people freezing for days across the state, we decided to document who really pays when legacy asset owners refuse to update their energy plans. Our reporter took breaks from checking on her family in Austin to round up stories about real people's real chills and real hunger.

Texas-Sized Targets: A Simulated Policy Memo Makes a Real Case for Higher Renewables Standards

Nothing succeeds like exceeding. In this policy memo, which she wrote as part of coursework for the certificate in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy, attorney Joan Beckner makes a nonpartisan argument for delivering all of Texas' energy from clean sources by 2050. The memo Beckner wrote for her class includes over thirty footnotes, which we'll post on CEFF for those who want to trace the sources. The logic here can guide debate in any of the dozens of states where wind, solar and hydro look more affordable and more urgent than ever.
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A Bigger Footprint Across the Southwest

The parent company of renewable generator Avangrid has offered to buy PNM Resources, broadening its footprint from Texas to New Mexico. (Note: One of CBEY's team members has provided consulting services to Avangrid.)

Texas Quick Data

Energy Efficiency:
Source: ACEEE
Score 7.00 / 8
Score 1.00 / 20
Score 3.00 / 10
Source: DSIRE
Energy Efficiency Programs:
103 Incentives and Policies
Solar Power:
Source: DSIRE
Renewable Energy Programs:
66 Incentives and Policies
Solar Energy Programs:
58 Incentives and Policies
Source: YPCCC

of people in Texas support funding research into renewable energy sources in 2019.

(-3 of the national average)
(est. 15,873,440 of 19,823,959 adults)

last updated 7/01/2020

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