Home to 29 million residents spread out over 269 thousand square miles with 367 miles of diverse coastline, Texas is the second largest state in the country in both population and land area. Although many think of Texas as desert and prairie land, in reality the state is extremely diverse in its ecoregions. There are pine and oak woods in the east, marshes along the gulf coast, savannahs, prairies, and plains in the middle, hills in the western interior, and desert in the west.

They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and the costs of climate change are no exception. Out of 300-billion-dollar climate change-exacerbated extreme weather events like storms, cyclones, flooding, droughts, wildfires, and winter storms affecting the United States between 1980-2021, Texas had 134 of them, more than any other state by far.

How extreme are those storms? Already in May 2015, the amount of water that fell on Texas could have supplied the world’s drinking water for 27 years. And as the extreme rainfall has become more frequent and severe, scientists are estimating an additional 2-3% increase by 2036. Some parts of Texas are more affected than others, with McAllen, Texas experiencing a 700% increase in heavy downpours since the 1950s and Houston seeing a 167% rise in heavy downpours since the 1950s.  Urban flooding will continue to get worse as  projections go as high as 15% more flooding than had occurred between 2000 and 2018. Sea level rise (18 inches since 1950!) is only accelerating the storm risk, the severity of coastal flooding, beach erosion, and the submerging of both wetlands and dry land.

Hurricanes are a good-news-bad-news situation. On one hand, the frequency of hurricanes is expected to level off or even decrease. On the other hand, their intensity is expected to skyrocket. Look here for an overview of 2020 and 2021.

Although Texas has seen almost biblical-style storms, flooding and precipitation the state has simultaneously gotten drier and warmer, with the number of 100-degree days doubling over the past 40 years and estimated to double again by 2036. In fact, Texas’ future climate projections indicate drier summers and decreasing water supplies for the remainder of the 21st century.

Besides hurting Texas’ people and ecosystems, climate change will also have devastating effects on the state’s economy, particularly agriculture. As the state gets drier, there will be less water for irrigation, leading to a reduction in the crops that Texas will be able to grow and sell. During the 2011 drought in Texas, for example, rice in Matagorda County shrunk from 22,000 acres to 2,100 acres in one year after authorities were forced to cut off the flow of irrigation water from the Colorado River. Statewide, that drought shaved $7.6 billion off the agriculture economy.

As of now, Texas has not developed a statewide plan to combat climate change despite the fact that they are the #1 energy consumer in the country. However, four of the five largest cities have adopted climate action plans, including DallasHoustonSan AntonioAustin, and there is, as of 2017, a coastal resiliency plan. Regional plans focus on a variety of climate issues, ranging from fuel efficiency to the protection of local ecosystems and climate justice. The Public Utility Commission of Texas has also taken action, first adopting rules for the state’s renewable energy mandate in 1999 and amending them in 2005 to require that 5,880 megawatts, or about 5% of the state’s electricity generating capacity, come from renewable sources by 2015 and 10,000 megawatts of renewable capacity by 2025, including 500 megawatts from resources other than wind. Texas surpassed their 2025 goal already in 2009, predominantly because of the generating capacity provided by the state’s wind farms. Their 150+ wind farms make them the #1 renewable energy generator in the country.

Jobs in renewable energy, battery storage and energy efficiency grew 4% in 2019 in Texas, nearly twice as fast as the overall employment rate, according to a new study.

Texas suffered profoundly in the winter of 2020/2021 with devastating blackouts as the freezing weather collapsed their grid. Up to 700 people died and millions of Texans were left without power for days on end. The whole event cost ratepayers $47 billion which customers will be paying off for decades. The Houston Chronicle published a list of expert solutions to fix the power grid in May, 2021. A study, released in July, 2021 summed up its recommendations with, “The next crisis may very well be crippling summer heat so preparing to avoid the next freeze won’t deal with the broader problem that our climate is changing and our infrastructure is designed for the 1960s, not the 2060s.” Another study, called Truth and Lies, released in August, took a serious look at the disinformation campaign which sought to lay the blame for the freeze on wind. It couldn’t be more fascinating.


Electric vehicles appeal to conservative buyers sick of gas guzzlers

By Jeanne Whalen 06/05/23
Tony Federico bought his Tesla Model 3 in 2018. A former Marine who votes Republican, Federico said he was drawn by the cool technology and the chance to save money on gas. “I think selfishly…
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Texas power struggle: How the nation’s top wind power state turned against renewable energy.

By Emily Foxhall and Others 05/25/23
State lawmakers have pushed bills to support fossil fuel-burning power plants and restrict renewable energy development this legislative session.
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Methane Mitigation in Texas Could Create Thousands of Jobs in the Oil and Gas Sector

By Martha Pskowski 05/17/23
A new report finds that methane regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency could spur job growth in Texas as oil and gas operators measure, monitor and mitigate the harmful greenhouse gas.
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Texas House OKs bills meant to up natural gas-fired electricity

On Tuesday, the Texas House of Representatives passed a pair of bills aimed at shoring up the state’s supply of natural gas-generated electricity for use in emergency weather events.
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NRG to cancel Texas natural gas plant plans if certain bills pass

By Kyra Buckley 04/27/23
NRG Energy, one of the state's largest producers of electricity, is warning lawmakers in Austin that changes to a plan to secure the Texas grid against the sort of power outages that occurred during the…
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Farewell Transmission

By Nitish Pahwa 04/27/23
Ever since brutal winter storms blacked out much of Texas and killed hundreds of residents in February 2021, the state’s government has constantly talked a big game about bolstering its grid and shielding Texans from…
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Study Finds Shockingly Fast Sea Level Rise Around U.S. Southeast and Gulf Coast

By Angely Mercado 04/10/23
Sea level rise is transforming the U.S. coastline across the country, but researchers have noticed that the rate of sea level rise has increased faster in the last decade around the Gulf and Southeastern coasts.
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El Paso charter fight tests whether a Texas city will move away from fossil fuels

By Erin Douglas 03/27/23
In the westernmost outpost of a state still tightly embracing fossil fuels as climate change ravages the planet, El Paso citizens will soon decide if their city should take dramatic steps to wean itself from…
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Biden creates two new national monuments in Nevada and Texas

By Steve Holland 03/22/23
U.S. President Joe Biden created two new national monuments, in Nevada and Texas, on Tuesday and launched an effort to consider expanding protections for all waters around remote Pacific islands southwest of Hawaii.
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Texas weakens climate science education guidelines

By Scott Waldman 03/19/23
Texas education officials adopted changes to internal guidance on textbooks that could steer schools to buy books that misinform students about global warming.
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NASA Awards Advance 3D Printing, Quantum Tech for Climate Research

New technology is a key to helping NASA advance its long-term exploration goals for the benefit of all. To support its effort, the agency announced Thursday it will create two new institutes to develop technology…
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Toxic air, explosions: Inside the bitter battle between Texas residents and Exxon

By Anna Phillips 03/16/23
When Shirley Williams chose the brick ranch house in a quiet subdivision east of Houston 25 years ago, she picked it for the lush, peaceful backyard. She pictured her husband, Arthur, puttering around the garden,…
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El Paso, Texas, Proposition K, “Climate Change and Climate Justice” Charter Amendment (May 2023)

The charter amendment was designed to create a new article of the El Paso City Charter titled Climate Policy. The goals of the said policy, according to the initiative, are to “first, to reduce the…

AVANGRID To Support Meta’s Operations in Texas With New 240 MW Solar Farm

AVANGRID (NYSE: AGR), a leading sustainable energy company and part of the Iberdrola Group, has announced today the signing of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Meta to procure renewable energy from True North, a…

Texas leads the country in combined wind, solar renewable energy

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Texas solar boom turns to battery dash as grid pain looms

Texas will continue to lead U.S. solar growth in the coming years as tax incentives in President Biden's Inflation Reduction Act accelerate activity nationwide.

Texas Power Grid May Need ‘Breath of God’ to Keep Cool in Summer

The Texas electric grid’s ability to provide enough summertime energy may hinge on whether renewable sources can meet growing demand that’s already sapped fossil fuel and nuclear power supplies.

Texas state lawmakers unveil plan to curb renewable energy, subsidize natural gas

The story of what comes next for the Texas power grid took another twist Thursday as state senators unveiled a package of bills aimed at dramatically reducing renewable energy generation in Texas while pushing public…

Gov. Greg Abbott vows to exclude renewable energy from any revived economic incentive program

As Gov. Greg Abbott signals stronger support for the creation of a new program to replace a multibillion dollar corporate tax break program that expired last year, he’s also drawing a clear line in the…

Seeing Gold in Spinning Turbines: Why Texas Is Winning U.S. Renewable Race

Texas and other majority Republican states are leading the U.S. in both wind and solar power, despite polls showing Republican voters rank tackling climate change as a far lower priority than Democrats do.

CPS Energy signs deals for 100MW of solar, 50MW of storage

Texas utility CPS Energy has reached agreements to purchase an additional 100MW of solar and 50MW of energy storage capacity for its FlexPOWER Bundle initiative.

Coal and natural gas give way as renewable power generation grows in Texas

Texas will add more utility-scale solar power this year than any other state, and is expected to be among the leaders in adding battery storage, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Texas will add…

Plenitude Starts Production From Texas Solar Project

The plant was built in just over a year, in an area of over 600 hectares located 80 kilometers south of Houston. Production start happened in the presence of Consul General of Italy in Houston…

Texas solar plant enters operation

US independent power producer (IPP) Advanced Power has commenced full commercial operation at a 140MW direct current (dc) solar farm in Texas.

TCN Digest: As 2022 eased into 2023, news offered hints of what to expect

In this installment of TCN Digest, we recount some important climate and energy developments that occurred around the turn of the year and examine the indications that they provide about the months ahead.

Battery storage can help solve Texas’ ‘Super Duck’ challenge of integrating renewable energy

Texas’ ERCOT grid is facing some extreme swings in its ability to match supply with growing demand for electricity in the US state, presenting an economic opportunity for energy storage.

Influx of Renewable Generation Poses Hard Questions for Texas’ Power Grid and Energy Industry

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‘We are building cathedrals:’ Pete Buttigieg touts infrastructure bill during SXSW visit

At the individual level, there are several ways to reduce carbon emissions as people move from place to place, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said during his South by Southwest town hall session Wednesday.

San Antonio power company pilots pressurized water tech to store renewable energy

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This Texas Town Was Deep In Debt From A Devastating Winter Storm. Then A Crypto Miner Came Knocking.

Last February, a disastrous winter storm pummeled Texas with ice and snow, threatening to topple the Texan energy grid. In the city of Denton, neighborhoods blinked off and on as the local power provider tried…

World’s largest green hydrogen project unveiled in Texas, with plan to produce clean rocket fuel for Elon Musk

US start-up Green Hydrogen International (GHI) has announced a 60GW renewable H2 project in a sparsely populated area of South Texas, to be powered by wind and solar, with its own salt cavern for storage…

Westbridge Energy acquires 221 MW Texas solar project

Canadian renewable energy developer Westbridge Energy has acquired the 221 MW Accalia Point Solar project from Aelius Solar. The project is located in Texas, near South Padre Island and the U.S. – Mexico border.

Texas company storing energy for power outages

While mother nature can make cheap and clean electricity, she doesn’t come with a switch we can control. The sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. But the issue of intermittency has…

TotalEnergies breaks ground on 80MW Texas PV

TotalEnergies and its partner 174 Power Global have started construction of the 80MW Midlothian Gerdau solar farm in the US state of Texas. The companies are developing the project under a 50:50 joint venture, with…

Houston company hopes to store renewable energy in salt domes

Beneath a salt dome near where the first major oil field was discovered outside Beaumont, Houston-based Renewable Storage Co. hopes to begin storing energy. But it won’t be crude or other chemicals that are typically…

The IPCC Report: How Texas Cities Stack Up

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Renewable energy capacity on the Texas grid set to soar — will we have the infrastructure to use it?

The current list of proposed projects for Texas’ electric grid shows an astronomical amount of renewable power that could be added in the years to come. To some, the projects and improved infrastructure could be…

Preparing for Climate Change in Texas

This page provides an overview of the steps Texas is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Climate Action Plan

On April 22, 2020 – the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – the City launched the science-based, community-driven Houston Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, meet the Paris Agreement goal of carbon…

San Antonio Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

Together, we are building solutions to prepare our city for climate change. Along with its partners and members of the community, the City of San Antonio is developing a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP).…

Dallas City Environmental & Climate Planning Efforts

The City of Dallas Climate Action Plan.

Houston Climate Action Plan

A Climate Action Plan provides evidenced-based measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preventative measures to address the negative outcomes of climate change. The plan will demonstrate how the City will adapt and improve its…

Austin Texas Climate Change Plans

The Climate Program leads City efforts to implement strategies that address the challenges of climate change for Austin. View the Climate Community Plan here


Texas electric vehicle planning

As required by the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, TxDOT submitted its Texas Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan to the federal Joint Office of Energy and Transportation. The submitted Plan can be found below.

Texas State Profile and Energy Estimates

Texas is a large state with a wealth of energy resources. It leads the nation in energy production, providing more than one-fifth of the country's domestically produced energy. Second only to Alaska in total land…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

Nonpoint Source Pollution Management in Texas

The Nonpoint Source Management Program outlines Texas’ comprehensive strategy to protect and restore waters across the state impacted by nonpoint source pollution. This strategy is implemented by utilizing voluntary, regulatory, financial, and technical assistance approaches,…

More coal was consumed in Indiana than in all but two U.S. states in 2019

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest coal data, the 36.7 million short tons of coal consumed in Indiana during 2019 was more than any state in the nation besides Texas and North…

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Texas

Between 2017 and 2019, Texas experienced 14 severe storms, two tropical cyclones, two floods, and one drought. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

Texas recovery resources

The following are state resources specifically to aid Texas residents in the recovery process following Hurricane Laura.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Texas

Texas is vulnerable to increasing heat, sea level rise, and severe storms which threaten agricultural and economic productivity and human health

Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance

TREIA is a multi-disciplinary network of individuals and organizations working together to understand and deliver on member priorities; increase renewable energy across Texas; grow the local and state economy; and, create jobs. Our industry stakeholders…

Help Texas Fight Climate Change

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is mobilizing Texans to take action to stop climate change, protect our people and help Texas’ economy make a smooth transition to clean energy.

What Climate Change Means for Texas

Information from the U.S. EPA on how scientists predict climate change will affect Texas.

Climate Change in Texas

The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) is a climate hazards research program whose mission is to help Texas residents increase their resiliency and level of preparedness for weather extremes now and in the future.

Lone Star Pace

The Texas PACE Program for Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, and Renewable Energy Improvements to Commercial Properties


Texas Lawmakers Have a New Scheme to Punish Renewables and Prop Up Fossil Fuels

By Molly Taft   03/14/23  
Texas Republicans are at it again. Last week, Republican politicians in the state legislature introduced a package of bills intended to punish renewable energy and boost fossil fuels, despite the fact that Texas is currently…
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Texas state lawmakers unveil plan to curb renewable energy, subsidize natural gas

The story of what comes next for the Texas power grid took another twist Thursday as state senators unveiled a package of bills aimed at dramatically reducing renewable energy generation in Texas while pushing public…
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Texas legislation would hamper renewables, boost gas

By Jason Plautz   03/10/23  
State Senate leaders say their bills would improve grid reliability by encouraging new gas plants through loans and other incentives.
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The state that generates much more renewable energy than any other

By Dan Gearino   03/09/23  
Here’s a state-by-state tally of the leaders and laggards for wind, solar and other renewable energy in 2022.
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Majority of Texans support a shift to renewable energy, according to UH Hobby School study

By Patricia Ortiz   02/27/23  
A UH Hobby school survey reports that Texans want Texas legislators to spend some of the $33 billion budget surplus on alternative energy sources. This survey comes two years after issues with the Texas power…
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Texas Ranks Among Most Climate Vulnerable Areas on Earth

By Greg Harman   02/21/23  
As the leading exporter of fossil fuels and petrochemicals in the United States, Texas is home to a massive (and growing) conglomeration of multimillion-dollar industrial facilities across the Gulf Coast. Those facilities—just as the rising…
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Texas Still on Top in Renewable Power Generation

By Taylor Tatum   02/09/23  
For the second year in a row, Texas is leading the nation in solar capacity growth, and is also expected to become a leader in adding battery storage in 2023.
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Central Texas research center receives $2.48M to fight climate change

By Eric Henrikson   02/08/23  
New funding is heading to the Texas Hill Country in the fight against climate change. U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) announced Wednesday he has secured $2.48 million in federal funding for The Meadows Center at…
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Texas, California Stand to Gain Most From Biden Climate Law (1)

By Saijel Kishan   02/08/23  
Texas and California, the US leaders in renewable energy, are likely to gain the most from President Biden’s landmark climate law.
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Texas wind energy freeze-out shows need for better resource adequacy, says NRG VP

By Diana DiGangi   02/06/23  
The underperformance of wind energy during a Feb. 1 winter storm in Texas compared to its effectiveness during winter storm Elliott in December demonstrates the need for energy systems to be resource adequate in all…
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100,000 Green Jobs Announced Since US Adopted Climate Law, Study Finds

By Carly Wanna   02/06/23  
Between last August, when President Joe Biden’s landmark climate bill became law, and the end of January, companies have announced more than 100,000 clean energy jobs in the US, according to an analysis released Monday…
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Texas Leaders’ Plan to Fight Power Outages Ignores Clean Tech

By Alejandro De La Garza   02/03/23  
In the midst of a massive power failure in Texas two years ago, state Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, went on FOX News and laid the blame squarely at the feet of renewables. “This shows…
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Critics say state tax break helps petrochemical companies and hurts public schools

By Elliott Woods   02/02/23  
Gliding through the shallow channel on the north side of Corpus Christi Bay, you will see stubborn remnants of a barrier island estuary that was once home to vast oyster beds, seagrass meadows, teeming fish…
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Clean energy is taking over the Texas grid. State officials are trying to stop it.

By Umair Irfan   01/30/23  
Clean energy is rapidly rising on the Texas power grid, but regulators in the Lone Star State are now considering a plan that could give fossil fuels a boost.
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Exxon’s Baytown refinery ranks among the leading water polluters in U.S., report shows

By Dylan Baddour and Martha Pskowski   01/27/23  
Neighbors of refineries can see the glowing flares and visible plumes of air pollution rising into the sky. But water pollution often happens at ground level, or below, out of sight for both local residents…
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Why climate change and urban sprawl could make flooding worse in Harris County

By Olivia Lloyd, Wesley Ratko and Alexandra Kanik   01/25/23  
Harris County is no stranger to floods. More than a third of the county’s land falls within a FEMA-designated flood plain – a figure expected to increase substantially when FEMA releases updated maps for Harris…
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First look: Clean water for Texas colonias

By Ayurella Horn - Muller   01/25/23  
A new pilot initiative is tapping into solar-powered tech as a solution to the water crisis affecting hundreds of thousands of people living in colonias along the U.S. and Mexico border. Driving the news: SOURCE…
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Major refineries outside Houston suffer upsets after tornado reported in area

By Amanda Drane   01/24/23  
Major refineries and chemical facilities outside Houston were reporting operational upsets after a tornado was reported in the area Tuesday afternoon.
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How Texas’ electricity plan could change the grid

By Jason Plautz   01/23/23  
After a boom in wind and solar generation, regulators in the nation’s top energy-producing state are pushing ahead with a plan that would incentivize more natural gas plants on the power grid.
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State regulators approve controversial Texas electricity market reform

By Emily Foxhall   01/19/23  
The Public Utility Commission voted Thursday to make a substantial change to the state’s electricity market in a controversial effort to get the whole system to be more reliable. The agency said it will let…
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FERC denies Sierra Club request to hold up Rio Grande LNG

By James Osborne   01/19/23  
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cleared developers to move ahead on the Rio Grande LNG terminal in South Texas, despite a federal court ruling last year more environmental review was needed. The Sierra Club had…
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E-bike popularity soars as Austin Energy rolls out pilot program

By Nicole Cobler   01/13/23  
Austin is aiming to be ahead of the curve as cities race to give residents incentives to switch to electric bikes — experiments intended to reduce car traffic and improve people's health. Why it matters:…
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Wind energy is saving the Texas grid, not crippling it

By Tim McDonnell   12/22/22  
Texans are bracing for a winter storm beginning Dec. 22 that could deliver harsh cold winds and temperatures dropping to 10F. The winter blackouts that hit the state in February 2021, which caused hundreds of…
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Texas Republicans Want Even More Fossil Fuels on the Grid

By Molly Taft   12/16/22  
Ahead of the 2023 legislative session, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has made it clear that one of his priorities for the upcoming year is increasing natural gas production to, supposedly, stabilize the grid. Patrick has…
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Power companies rush to install batteries in Texas, California, amid concern over grid reliability

By James Osborne   12/12/22  
Within three years, a surge of new large-scale battery projects is expected to come online on Texas and California's power grids, as developers seek to store electricity produced by those state’s sprawling wind and solar…
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The Texas group waging a national crusade against climate action

By David Gelles   12/04/22  
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is shaping laws, running influence campaigns and taking legal action in a bid to promote fossil fuels....
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Activists Are Suing Texas Over Its Plan to Expand Interstate 35, Saying the Project Is Bad for Environmental Justice and the Climate – Inside Climate News

By Camryn Garza and Kristoffer Tigue   11/16/22  
Environmental justice and climate activists are suing the Texas government over its plan to expand a section of an interstate highway that runs through the state, saying the project would exacerbate climate change, worsen air…
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Solar and wind energy saved Texans more than $7 billion in 2022 so far

By Noor Adatia   10/18/22  
Researchers examined how much more expensive electricity would have been if the Texas grid did not use wind and solar power.
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Texas Would Profit From Biden’s Climate Bill — But Politicians Prefer ‘Cheap, Plentiful’ Fossil Fuels

By Elliott Woods   10/16/22  
Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act — hailed by environmentalists as the most ambitious climate legislation ever enacted — might seem like a slap in the face to a state like Texas where pumpjacks and…
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Beset by Drought, a West Texas Farmer Loses His Cotton Crop and Fears a Hotter and Drier Future State Water Planners Aren’t Considering

By Autumn Jones   10/05/22  
Climate change is helping fuel the drought, but the state’s political leaders won’t take global warming into account in their water management. “Climate change has become politicized,” says Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon.
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Rising seas could swallow millions of U.S. acres within decades

By Brady Dennis   09/08/22  
New research finds an estimated 25,000 properties in Louisiana could slip below tidal boundary lines by 2050. Florida, Texas and North Carolina also face profound economic risks.
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“It’s destroying me”: Storm after storm, climate change increases strain on Texans’ mental health

By Erin Douglas   09/08/22  
Tens of thousands of coastal Texas residents have survived repeated extreme weather events including Hurricane Harvey. For many, it has taken an emotional toll, and researchers warn that climate change could be “catastrophic” for our…
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$14 million air pollution fine for Exxon’s Baytown refinery stands

By Clark Mindock   08/30/22  
ExxonMobil Corp must pay a $14.25 million fine over air pollution at its Baytown, Texas crude oil refinery, a federal appeals court affirmed Tuesday. It is the largest penalty ever assessed in a citizen enforcement…
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Historic drought reveals dinosaur tracks in Texas riverbed

Volunteers were able to map the imprints of new dinosaur tracks revealed by a historic drought at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas.
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“He has total veto power”: Greg Abbott takes control over who will lead Texas’ troubled power grid, sources say

By Mitchell Ferman   08/10/22  
Locked in a potentially tight reelection race and facing criticism over the grid’s 2021 collapse, the governor is exerting unprecedented influence over what the state grid operator shares with the public — and who will…
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Concerns grow over Texas power grid as temperatures rise

By Isa Gutierrez   07/20/22  
As Texas sees record-breaking high temperatures across multiple areas this summer, there are renewed concerns over the state’s power grid system. NBC News’ Isa Gutiérrez has more including how Texans were asked twice to cut…
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Intense heat pushing Texas grid to the brink highlights need for long-duration storage, experts say

By Elizabeth McCarthy   07/19/22  
Energy storage of different durations and attributes is needed to absorb excess intermittent renewable energy and fill in resource gaps as extreme weather, electric vehicles and building electrification push up demand on U.S. power grids…
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Cryptomining Capacity in U.S. Rivals Energy Use of Houston, Findings Show

By Hiroko Tabuchi   07/17/22  
Seven of the largest Bitcoin mining companies in the United States are set up to use nearly as much electricity as all the homes in Houston, according to data disclosed Friday as part of an…
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Texas Urges Power Conservation as Heat Wave Lingers

By Will Wade and Others   07/14/22  
The operator of the Texas power grid is asking homes and businesses to cut back on electricity use Wednesday afternoon as a heat wave continues to smother the state.
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As Alarm Over Plastic Grows, Saudis Ramp Up Production in the US

By Mark Schapiro   07/14/22  
Thus did the Saudi royal family mark the expansion of its far-flung petrochemical empire to San Patricio County, Texas, a once-rural stretch of flatlands across Nueces Bay from Corpus Christi. It arrived in the form…
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It’s Officially Too Hot for Crypto Mining in Texas

By Kyle Barr   07/12/22  
Crypto mining operations in Texas are tugging at their collars, now finding a reason to sweat other than the lingering crypto bear market. Temperatures in Texas are expected to go well over 100 degrees this…
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Texas Wind Power Is Failing Right When the State Needs It Most

By Brian Eckhouse and Others   07/11/22  
Wind power -- a key source of electricity in Texas -- is being sidelined just when the Lone Star State needs it most, with turbines generating less than a 10th of what they’re capable of.
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Wind and solar power are ‘bailing out’ Texas amid record heat and energy demand

By Ella Nilsen   06/14/22  
Texans are cranking on the air conditioning this week amid an unusually early heat wave, setting new records for electricity demand in the state, which surpassed 75 gigawatts on Sunday and smashed the 2019 record.…
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Wind and solar power are ‘bailing out’ Texas amid record heat and energy demand

By Ella Nilsen   06/14/22  
But unlike previous extreme weather events in Texas which led to deadly blackouts, the grid is holding up remarkably well this week. Several experts told CNN that it's owed in large part to strong performances…
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Austin Residents Ordered to Limit Water Usage as Dry Spell Sweeps Region

By Angely Mercado   06/09/22  
The Lone Star State is being pummeled by high temperatures and dry weather. The city of Austin is starting to feel the effects of the ongoing drought in the American Southwest. Earlier this week, Austin…
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Texas Power Grid Faces ‘Emergency’ as Early Heat Waves Scorches State

By Jake Thomas   05/12/22  
Texas' power grid management agency has extended its warning of possible emergency conditions as residents turn to air-conditioning to cope with above normal temperatures. While temperatures are expected to remain high throughout the state, the…
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Black communities are last in line for disaster planning in Texas

By Tracy Jan   05/12/22  
During heavy storms, water overflows the dirt drainage ditch fronting his yard and the bayou at the end of his block — flooding the street, creeping up his front steps, pooling beneath the house, and…
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Texas shatters heat record as temperature reaches 112F

By Greg Graziosi   05/10/22  
Heat records in Texas were toppled when temperatures reached as high as 112F (44C), setting off a heatwave that will engulf much of the central US. The record-setting temperatures occurred on Saturday in Texas, but…
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Voter Suppression in Texas, Where Renewables Out-generate Fossils

By Nexus Media   04/28/22  
Renewable energy generation outpaced gas as the state’s primary source of electricity in the first quarter of 2022. Wind and solar produced more than 32 gigaWatt hours in Q1, compared to the 29.7 produced by…
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In Houston, one neighborhood’s trial – and retrial – by water

By Bob Henson   04/15/22  
One major flood can bring an entire community to its knees. Three devastating floods in three years is almost unfathomable, but that’s what some parts of Houston went through between the Memorial Day flood of…
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