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Latest updates on energy-related legislation in the 88th legislative session
This session, an unusually large number of anti-clean energy legislation is moving quickly through the legislative process. We'll track those bills and keep you updated as bills report out of committee.

SB 505. By Nichols, Blanco, Miles. Relating to imposing an additional fee for the registration of an electric vehicle.

Filed 1/19/23. Referred to Committee on Transportation 3/22/23. Reported out of committee on 3/22/23. Yays 9; Nays 0
By Pete Parsons, Executive Director
Following the nearly complete failure of the ERCOT energy grid during Winter Storm Uri, Texans have been awaiting legislation to protect the stability of the grid. Unfortunately, the actions of the Texas Senate reflect the desires of corporate insiders more than everyday Texans. Despite research that points to the failure of natural gas producers to weatherize their facilities as the most significant factor in ERCOT’s 2021 failure, a raft of punitive, anti-renewable bills have been filed in the 88th Legislative Session, while bills that subsidize fossil fuels and fail to address grid resilience are making their way to hearings.
As of January 31, 2023, there are more than 90 new manufacturing facilities and renewable energy projects developed in rural towns and large cities, representing an aggregate of $89.5 billion of new investments into the clean energy market, according to a Climate Power report.
pv magazine 2/9/23

The American Clean Power Association (ACP) reported that renewable energy deployment began to ramp up in Q4 of 2022. Developers added 131 projects across 36 states in Q4, 2022, adding roughly 30% of the projects brought online in 2022. Texas accounted for 44% of Q4 installations. Despite this increase in activity late in the year, Q4 2022 showed the lowest fourth quarter deployment since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Q4, 2019.
pv magazine 2/20/23

Unless the U.S. can modernize its electric grid and update the regulatory processes surrounding construction of new lines, the country’s climate goals will be harder and more expensive to achieve.
CNBC 2/22/23

The energy transition poised for takeoff in the United States amid record investment in wind, solar and other low-carbon technologies is facing a serious obstacle: The volume of projects has overwhelmed the nation’s antiquated systems to connect new sources of electricity to homes and businesses.
New York Times 2/23/23

Executives and workers in energy hubs in Houston, Dallas and other places say steady streams of people are moving from fossil fuel to renewable energy jobs.
New York Times 2/27/23

Leadership in Texas’ solar and renewables drive is supported by good old-fashioned energy economics. Texas is building solar capacity quicker than other states. It has 7.7 gigawatts of capacity additions planned for 2023 which will be more than California’s 4.2-gigawatt pipeline. 2/27/23
The idea, which still lacks some important details and could be changed by state lawmakers, would change how electricity is paid for in tight times. The Texas Tribune explains it for everyday Texans.
The Texas Tribune 3/1/23
Real estate has been slow to embrace sustainable building methods — in part due to a fundamental conservatism around adopting new technologies; during the long era of cheap fossil fuel energy, customers weren’t demanding them. Now that has begun to change, driven by a diverse mix of factors. There is the rising public enthusiasm around renewables and concern for climate change; the growing need of real estate investors to prove their sustainable bona fides; the rising unpredictability in energy markets.
The Hill 3/6/23
Republican Sens. Charles Schwertner of Georgetown and Phil King of Weatherford filed bills designed to restrict the construction of renewable energy in Texas and encourage the development of more fossil fuel power plants.
Dallas Morning News 3/9/23

Free solar panels from the federal government? Not so fast — it could be a consumer scam. Every solar company has a responsibility to be honest and upfront with consumers, but to avoid scams, consumers should also be on the lookout for red flags as they plan to go solar.
U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office 3/10/23

Billions in Inflation Reduction Act incentives can “hard-wire” clean energy into the U.S. economy, new data show
Utility Dive 3/16/23

FERC, governors, state regulators and utilities should focus their efforts on interregional transmission development by encouraging investments that will yield significant long-term benefits.
Utility Dive 3/16/23

A committee substitute has been filed for Texas SB 2012, which, as originally filed, would have implemented a 20% market share cap on retail electric providers, on a corporate-wide basis. 3/23/23

Texas lawmakers aggressively defend fossil fuels and propose billions in new public spending for natural gas plants, largely with a goal of improving reliability on the electric grid. At the same time, they’re targeting renewables, proposing limits on growth and pushing for new requirements that would drive up costs for wind and solar power.
Dallas Morning News 3/24/23
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