Oklahoma may be following Texas to remove incentives for renewable energy within the state. Senate Bill (SB) 498 would remove the state tax exemption for wind electricity manufacturers after 2016.
Wind energy is growing, and along with it, wind jobs. According to a new report by the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, there were 23,000 jobs added in the wind industry in 2014.
The Texas state Senate is looking to remove incentives for renewable energy in the state by getting rid of their Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The original bill requires energy retailers to purchase a certain percent of their power from wind and solar producers.
Texas has become a renewable energy leader in the last decade, thanks in part to a renewable energy bill that was introduced by Sen. Troy Fraser in 2005. But Sen. Fraser is asking if the legislation has done its work.
Texas is looking to make a big investment in natural gas in the form of vehicles, infrastructure and equipment with a new bill that could fund 28,000 natural gas-powered government vehicles.
Texas legislators are looking to give utility customers more power over their energy usage with two new bills introduced in the state legislature.
Texas wind is becoming an important part of the energy mix in the state, and according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)-- the operator of the grid covering most of Texas-- more than 10 percent of electricity on the grid in 2014 came from wind generation.
Texas ranks 13 th in the U.S. for cumulative installed solar capacity, according to SEIA. However, the state could be doing a lot more for its infrastructure when it comes to using solar. With acres of usable land, Texas has huge potential-- more than twice that of any other state-- to increase its solar ranking.
Since 2008, Texas has seen significant changes in the electricity market, to the point where wind power and natural gas prices have made large, capital-intensive coal plants uneconomic.
New legislation would allow building owners in Texas to secure private sector financing for water conservation and energy-efficiency improvements through low-cost, long-term loans repaid with voluntary property assessments.