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About the Power Up Texas Alliance

Power Up Texas is an alliance of stakeholders bound by a mission to educate and advocate for innovative, sustainable electricity generation in Texas, including the expansion of clean, renewable energy resources.

Texas has become the national leader for economic expansion, innovation, investment, employment opportunities, sensible regulation and excellent quality of life. People across the country are moving to Texas by the hundreds of thousands each year. As Texas grows, so does our enormous demand for electricity.

Texas is both the #1 energy producer and consumer in the country. Our economy and continued growth are dependent on reliable power, and how we meet this massive demand has tremendous implications. In order to remain on top, Texas should incentivize all forms of energy development and encourage our state’s innovative spirit and uniquely qualified workforce. Renewable energy is helping Texas meet this growing demand for energy, while also providing jobs, bolstering rural economies and supporting communities all across the state.

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Levelland Chamber of Commerce
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Snyder Chamber of Commerce
South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce
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Texas Renewable Energy

Leading the nation

Renewables are the fastest-growing electricity generation source in the United States, with 24% of U.S. electricity generation coming from renewable sources in the first half of 2022.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Texas led the nation in overall renewable energy production in the first quarter of 2022, accounting for over 14% of the country’s totals.

The success of renewable energy in Texas is the result of strong leadership at every level by creating a competitive market, investing in the power grid, and diversifying our electricity supply for the future, while taking advantage of our state’s most abundant resources.

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Texas Renewable Energy: More than Electricity

Renewable energy technologies like wind, solar, and storage do more than ensure communities can count on reliable power when they need it; renewable energy is an economic boon to Texas, creating jobs, business opportunity, and revenue streams that strengthen communities and provide economic opportunity for families.

From the Panhandle to the Valley, rural communities in Texas are a beacon of growth and industry diversification when it comes to harnessing our abundant natural resources.

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The Economic Impact of Texas Renewable Energy:

GROWING PRODUCTION AND CREATING JOBS

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are more than 300,000 jobs in alternative energy across the country and more than 36,700 of these well-paying jobs are in Texas.

Wind is big business across the country, and nowhere is wind bigger than in Texas. According to the Texas Governor’s Renewable Energy Industry Report, the wind industry employs nearly 26,000 people in Texas. A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council says that each “major” wind farm (250 MW) creates approximately 1,079 jobs throughout the 14 steps of development, including planning, manufacturing, construction, maintenance, and operations.

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A TEXAS-SIZED REVENUE GENERATOR

$83 billion invested in renewable energy across Texas has meant substantial state and local tax contributions, often directed toward community development in the form of schools, libraries, hospitals, roads and other local projects.

Supporting Local Communities’:

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STRENGTHENING RURAL COMMUNITIES

Small Texas towns, rural communities, farmers, ranchers, school districts and students realize tremendous financial benefits from the billions that have been invested in wind in the state of Texas. The rest of Texas enjoys affordable electricity that is sustainable for the future. In fact, wind and solar energy have emerged as two of the most affordable and sustainable sources of electricity.

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RESPONDING TO INCREASING DEMAND

Our communities, state, nation, and world rely on energy produced in Texas now more than ever, and that reliance will only grow as we strive to achieve greater energy security at home and across the globe.

According to the E.I.A., Texas produces more electricity than any other state, generating nearly twice as much as second-place Florida. In 2021, Texas produced about 26% of all U.S. wind-powered electricity generation, leading the nation for the 16th year in a row.

Texas is also becoming a major player in solar energy. Economic development programs such as the Texas Economic Development Act (Chapter 313) have historically helped spur this growth and given counties across the state the ability to attract these projects.

POWERING THE STATE’S LARGEST EMPLOYERS

Corporate customers have signed contracts for more projects in Texas than any other state. In fact, the volume of companies purchasing wind energy is growing, including Facebook, Amazon McDonald’s, Walmart, General Motors, and more.

Governor Abbott recognizes the competitive advantage of renewable energy when attracting new businesses to the state: “In Texas, we lead the nation in wind energy. By the end of next year, we will lead the nation in solar power. We have the capability of providing them [businesses] reliable, renewable energy to help them achieve their [carbon neutrality] goals.” – December 2020

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WATER CONSERVATION

Texas faces a water crisis and our ability to generate electricity is being affected. Using renewable saves scarce water resources and, because they have no emissions, wind and solar help Texas reduce pollution that increases industry environmental compliance costs and the cost of living in non-attainment areas. In 2019, wind-generated energy in Texas prevented the use of roughly 24 billion gallons of water.

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CAPPING EMISSIONS

Renewables significantly reduce air pollutants, having a positive impact on the health of Texans and reducing costs related to poor air quality.

No state is better situated to prosper in the unfolding, clean energy economy than Texas. Our renewable energy resources like wind and solar, our cleaner burning natural gas, our workforce, our technology prowess, and our expertise in energy development and energy markets position us well to lead in delivering the cleaner, cheaper energy that American consumers and American industry demand.

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Texas Energy Policy

The road to renewable energy’s success in Texas began in 1999 under the leadership of then Governor George W. Bush and continued with support from Texas leaders over the past two decades.

Most of Texas’ renewable resources are concentrated in West and South Texas, while the majority of the population and power demand lies in the eastern portion of the state. To address this challenge, then Governor Perry signed legislation directing the development of over 2,300 miles of high-voltage new transmission lines that would allow for the efficient movement of energy from West and South Texas to the high demand centers further east and north.

In 2005, the state legislature amended the mandate to require that 5,880 megawatts, or less than 5% of electric consumption, come from renewable sources by 2015. Lawmakers also set a goal of 10,000 megawatts of renewable capacity by 2025. Texas surpassed the 2015 goal in 2005 and the 2025 goal in 2009, almost entirely with wind power. The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) collaborated with ERCOT, Texas’ self-contained electric grid, to establish the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ).

Completed in 2013, the $6.9 billion CREZ transmission project transmits more than 18.5 MW of wind, solar and gas generated electricity across Texas. But, development and demand are beginning to overtake bandwidth, and without expansion, potential industry investments that are powering rural communities across the state will stall.

Power Up Texas will advocate for the continuation and expansion of these policies that have supported the industry and allowed for immense growth.

“The state’s investment in adequate transmission capacity was vital as it provided access to wind generation in remote areas of Texas for customers hundreds of miles away in high-density population areas across the state,” Abbott said. “In addition, the unique presence of one electric grid for most of the state—the Electric Reliability Council of Texas region—creates an advantage over other states.”

– Governor Greg Abbott

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Strong economic policy initiatives like the Texas Economic Development Act, better known as Chapter 313, have historically helped Texas in its pursuit of a cleaner, less expensive, “Made in Texas” energy future. No program has been more effective in bringing economic development, job creation, and capital investment to rural areas of our state.

But this progress is in jeopardy. Chapter 313 is set to expire December 31, 2022, and we must urge lawmakers to revive this program or one like it to ensure Texas’ clean energy portfolio can continue growing. A diverse energy portfolio that leverages the strengths of each of Texas’ energy resources and utilizes them in concert to limit pollution and to guarantee reliability and affordability depends on it!

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