Texas must lead the future of carbon capture development

BY MATT WELCH CONSERVATIVE TEXANS FOR ENERGY INNOVATION Matt Welch is the state director of Conservative Texans for Energy Innovation, a statewide organization that promotes free enterprise, increased competition and less government regulation in the energy economy. Opportunity is knocking at Texas’ door. We should quickly open it to welcome technology that allows us to continue […]

Traditionally red Texas experiencing green jobs boom

Dallas, Texas — In the heart of Texas, green jobs are booming. After its completion in early 2022, the Samson solar farm is set to be the largest in the country, spanning over three counties. “Out of the 600 folks we have on-site, they’re happy to be here, they’re happy to get a paycheck and feed […]

Legislative Alert – House Bill 16

DON’T ABANDON OUR FREE MARKET PRINCIPLES As conservative Texans, we embrace the concept of choice because it fosters competition which leads to lower prices. Texas’ competitive electricity market is the envy of the world because of the choice and freedom it offers. It allows residential customers the freedom to choose the products that meet their […]

New Interactive Website Shows Clean Energy’s Contributions to Rural Texas

Solar and wind projects help diversify local economies, creating new revenue for rural governments, school districts and landowners; but anti-economic development bills threaten that growth. Wind power, solar power, and energy storage projects are providing new economic opportunities for rural Texas counties, bringing needed diversification, economic development, job creation, and multi-generational revenue through a growing […]

Lessons from the 2021 Texas electricity crisis

The following is a contributed article by Peter Cramton, Professor of Economics at the University of Cologne and the University of Maryland (emeritus since 2018). He was vice chair and an independent director of the ERCOT board before resigning on February 24, 2021. During four frigid days in mid-February, the Texas electricity market had more […]

CARBON CAPTURE IN TEXAS

by KENNETH B. MEDLOCK III | KEILY MILLER Since mid-2019, the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has convened a diverse group of stakeholders – consisting of corporations, industry special interest groups, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – to explore the deployment of carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies […]

EIA projects renewables share of U.S. electricity generation mix will double by 2050

In its Annual Energy Outlook 2021 (AEO2021), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that the share of renewables in the U.S. electricity generation mix will increase from 21% in 2020 to 42% in 2050. Wind and solar generation are responsible for most of that growth. The renewable share is projected to increase as nuclear and coal-fired […]

Largest Solar Project in US Underway in Texas

Sarah Lozanova U.S. solar generation capacity is soaring. Construction began recnetly on the Samson Solar Energy Center, the largest planned solar energy farm in the United States. When completed, the solar farm will have 1,013 megawatts of generating capacity. This solar farm will be considerably larger than the 690 MW Gemini solar project with battery storage under construction […]

Almost All New US Power Plants Built in 2021 Will Be Carbon-Free

Federal data reveals that natural gas will supply just 16 percent of new power plants this year as cheap wind and solar power take over the market. JULIAN SPECTOR   JANUARY 14, 2021 Wind and solar make up a small share of U.S. electricity production today, but they’re poised to supply 70 percent of new power plant capacity […]