Federal clean energy plan looks like a “win-win” for Texas.
If Obama’s climate change plan is upheld in court, what would it mean for Texas?Tom Benning Washington Bureau 10/18/2016
And all sides agree that Texas has made strides toward a “cleaner” energy mix. “Texas knows energy,” Texas Tech University’s Katharine Hayhoe said at a recent White House event. “And here’s the cool thing about Texas. Did you know that already Texas is getting 10 percent of its electricity from wind?” In 1994, Texas’ electric power generation by source was 41 percent coal, 47 percent natural gas, 9 percent nuclear and 0 percent wind, according to the Energy Information Administration. By 2014, it was 34 percent coal, 47 percent natural gas, 9 percent nuclear and 9 percent wind. Experts point to the low price of natural gas as key to driving the market. There’s also been the increased buy-in on wind power from Texans such as Dudley, the rancher who said the turbines are “ultimately a good thing.” And Clean Power Plan boosters such as John Hall of the Environmental Defense Fund tout the EPA’s proposal as an incremental, yet significant step. Though Hall said the regulations are needed to force other states into emissions reductions, he argued that Texas is sitting pretty. His group recently updated its analysis to show that Texas would actually exceed the plan’s goals under “business-as-usual conditions.” “Because of the competitive market, Texas isn’t going to have to do anything else,” he said.