Release: September 6, 2012
Cyrus Reed, PhD,
Acting Chapter Director,
Lone Star Chapter
Sierra Club, Texas
512-477-1729 (o) email@example.com
Statement by Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director, Lone Star Chapter, Sierra Club in Testimony before the Texas Senate Natural Resources SubCommittee Today
on Renewable Energy in Texas
Testifying before a Senate Natural Resources
SubCommittee looking at the role of renewable energy
in Texas, Sierra Club' s Lone Star Acting Chapter
Director, Cyrus Reed, told the Senators Texas' Renewable
Portfolio Standard had been a remarkable success,
but had only been partially implemented.
"Texas' Renewable Portfolio Standard is a market-based process that has led to more than 11,000 MWs of new capacity -- virtually all of it wind -- which is now producing more than 10% of our electricity, creating jobs and saving consumers money.
Unfortunately, the Public Utility Commission has never implemented
the RPS set-aside for non-wind technologies like solar and
geothermal, which should require at least 500 MWs of non-wind
renewables be put on the grid by 2015. The PUC -- and if
not them, the Legislature-- should immediately implement
this law, and set a further goal of 3,000 MWs of
non-wind renewables by 2025.
New renewable resources like solar and geothermal will create
new jobs, keep the lights on and expand our energy choices
toward renewable resources that are abundant, use little
water, create no pollution and can be scaled up quickly."
Reed also called on the PUC to implement the legislatively-mandated goals for energy efficiency, allow demand-response resources to bid into the market and approve new rules for how both onsite solar and energy storage can be paid in the market for their excess energy. "With
the right rules in place, Texas can move toward clean energy
solutions like solar, energy storage and demand response."