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.


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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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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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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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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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

Wind and solar generators in Texas can break even selling electricity at negative prices thanks largely to federal subsidies and local tax breaks, which has spurred a bum-rush of wind turbines and solar farms into…

‘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

The system was designed by a company called Quidnet. The agreement is for a small-scale pilot project. But according to Diego Mendoza-Moyers, the technology can be easily scaled. Mendoza-Moyers is a business reporter for the…

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

A report released by some of the world’s foremost climate scientists in August confirms what many of us have long feared: The earth is warming even faster than previously thought and anything less than a…

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.

Environment and Natural Resources State Bill Tracking Database

The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.

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


A year after the electric grid failed, Texas focuses on reliability, not climate change

By Erin Douglas   02/15/22  
Peter Lake, chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, said he lost power for several days during last February’s winter storm. When he got power back, he lost water for a week.
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Why Texas’s Power Grid Still Hasn’t Been Fixed

By Rachel Monroe   02/09/22  
On Wednesday, I woke up, in Marfa, to steely skies and tension in the back of my skull, a sign that the pressure was dropping and a cold front was moving in. Not that I…
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Texas prepares for winter test of electric grid

By Asher Price   02/02/22  
It's about to get very cold — though hopefully not losing-power-for-days-on-end cold. Driving the news: An arctic cold front is bearing down on Central Texas starting Wednesday evening, bringing the chilliest temperatures we have seen…
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EPA announces ‘bold’ action to monitor pollution in ‘Cancer Alley’

By Darryl Fears   01/26/22  
Two months after touring “environmental justice” communities in three southern states, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan on Wednesday announced bold steps to address complaints from residents about tainted drinking water, chemical plants near homes…
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How Exxon is using an unusual law to intimidate critics over its climate denial

By Chris McGreal   01/18/22  
ExxonMobil is attempting to use an unusual Texas law to target and intimidate its critics, claiming that lawsuits against the company over its long history of downplaying and denying the climate crisis violate the US…
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How Exxon Is Leveraging Texas Courts to Silence Its Climate Critics

By Chris McGreal   01/18/22  
ExxonMobil is attempting to use an unusual Texas law to target and intimidate its critics, claiming that lawsuits against the company over its long history of downplaying and denying the climate crisis violate the US…
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Cold weather reignites debate about stability of Texas’ gas-powered grid

By Shelby Webb   01/12/22  
A week since temperatures dipped below freezing in Houston — and almost a year after the deadly February 2021 blackout — a spat has erupted again over the ability of the state’s natural gas operations…
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Climate change behind unprecedented increase in butterfly species appearing in South Texas, experts say

By Sandra Sanchez   01/05/22  
The National Butterfly Center, with its serene grounds along the Rio Grande in South Texas, is always a big draw for tourists and locals living on the border. Now, a four-fold increase in butterfly species…
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December In Texas Hottest On Record In More Than 130 Years

By Keith Randall   01/03/22  
Last month Texas experienced its warmest December on record since 1889, said John Nielsen-Gammon, a regents professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University who also serves as the state climatologist. From Dallas through Abilene…
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Texas is urging power plants to prepare so there won’t be another winter blackout

By Ailsa Chang   12/22/21  
Nearly a year ago, a historically powerful Arctic front landed and stayed in Texas for quite a bit of February. Many millions lost their electricity. Structural ice damage was widespread, and hundreds of people died…
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Dallas Area Will Be Home to 181 MW Renewable Energy + Storage Plant

By Emily Holbrook   12/21/21  
The Dallas, Texas area is now home to two new clean power plants, including a renewables-plus-storage hybrid project. Enel Green Power North America is operating the plants.
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Winters get warmer with climate change. So what explains Texas’ cold snap in 2021?

By Erin Douglas   12/14/21  
It was the coldest February Texas had seen in more than four decades, and the sustained blast of arctic air knocked out much of the state’s power grid for several days, causing hundreds of deaths…
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Exxon Mobil aims for net-zero emissions from its operations in the Permian Basin by 2030

By Clifford Krauss   12/06/21  
Exxon Mobil said on Monday that it aimed to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from its operations in oil and gas fields in West Texas and New Mexico by 2030. The announcement is part of…
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Texas education board considers how middle schools teach climate change and sexuality as officials fight over library books

By Brian Lopez   11/16/21  
When the 15 members of the State Board of Education meet at its regular quarterly meeting this week, the elected group is expected to talk about how climate change and sexuality are taught to middle…
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The sea is rising faster now than any time in the last 3,000 years, experts say, slowly swallowing the Texas Gulf Coast

By David Schechter   11/02/21  
World leaders are gathering now in Scotland at a UN summit on climate change. Their mission is to make rapid cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and limit the danger we all face from a future…
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These 7 efficiency policies could help Texas avoid $8B in new gas plants, ACEEE says

By Robert Walton   10/14/21  
A set of seven residential energy efficiency and demand response programs deployed "aggressively" to Texas electric customers over five years could lower summer peaks by 7,650 MW and winter peaks by 11,400 MW, according to a…
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Are Tesla and Texas a Perfect Match? It’s Questionable.

By Niraj Chokshi, Clifford Krauss and Ivan Penn   10/13/21  
Tesla’s move from Silicon Valley to Texas makes sense in many ways: The company’s chief executive, Elon Musk, and the conservative lawmakers who run the state share a libertarian philosophy, favoring few regulations and low…
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Energizing Texas: From power grid reform to solar, electric cars and more

By Jeremy Rogalski and others   10/10/21  
We’re taking a look at energy in Texas, from the largest urban solar farm being built in Houston to a road trip in an electric car. We’re also looking at the power grid and the…
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Is Texas a renewable energy leader? Energy experts weigh in

By Eric Henrikson and Kristen Currie   10/08/21  
In a year where the Texas electric grid has received a lot of attention, one major focus has been on the state’s renewable energy. Meteorologist Kristen Currie spoke with John Hensley with the American Clean…
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Tesla Will Move Its Headquarters to Austin, Texas, in Blow to California

By Niraj Chokshi   10/07/21  
Tesla will move its headquarters from California to Austin, Texas, where it is building a new factory, its chief executive, Elon Musk, said at the company’s annual shareholder meeting on Thursday. The move makes good…
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Cameron County leads the state in poor air quality, report says

By Steven Masso   10/05/21  
The Brownsville-Harlingen area dealt with 129 days of elevated air pollution in 2020, the most in Texas, according to a report from Environment Texas Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and TExPIRG Education Fund.
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Here’s how many days some Central Texans were breathing highly polluted air last year

By Athulya Rajakumar   10/05/21  
The areas of Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown experienced elevated levels of air pollution in 2020 — Austin even ranks among the cities with the most days of pollution in Texas. There were 103 days…
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El Paso had 126 elevated air pollution days in 2020

By Martha Pskowski   10/05/21  
The El Paso area had 126 days of elevated air pollution in 2020, the second most in Texas, according to a new report from Environment Texas Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and TexPIRG Education…
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Backup Plan Part 2: How the Texas electric grid broke

By Paul Robbins   10/04/21  
Terry Poulos is a retired military and business man living with his wife Cheryl Poulos in the mini-city of Sunset Valley on the edge of south Austin. Their generator was delivered in early July, but…
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ESS, SB Energy reach major deal for flow battery technology with 2 GWh agreement

By Jason Plautz   10/04/21  
SB Energy, a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group, reached an agreement to purchase 2 GWh of iron flow energy storage from Oregon-based ESS — a major deal for the emerging technology.
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This Texas Teen Is Changing the Climate Change Community

By Cat Kutz   10/01/21  
Chanté Davis has a true gift for inspiring others to raise their voices for climate change, social justice, and the intersection where these two urgent causes inevitably meet. I met Chanté through her role as…
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Here’s how Renewable Energy Plans work in Texas

By Tiffany Craig   09/30/21  
On top of this house on the west side of Houston, you’ll find solar panels. Inside the 1,500 square foot home, you’ll find a very happy Bobby Marinov. “I am very environmentally conscious,” he said.…
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7 Texas House Democrats Warn Party’s Climate Plan Will Cost Jobs, Raise U.S. Energy Prices

By Rebecca Klapper   09/28/21  
Seven House Democrats from Texas have raised concerns over the party's plan to combat climate change, saying it could cost thousands of jobs in the energy industry and increase energy costs for Americans.
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Environmental group airs ads urging Texas lawmakers to go big on climate change

By Fernando Ramirez   09/28/21  
Environmental Defense Action Fund, the campaign arm of the Environmental Defense Fund, announced Tuesday that it would launch a $500,000 ad campaign pressuring conservative and moderate Democrats to go big on fighting climate change.
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A Green Energy Texas Whitewash

By The Editorial Board   09/24/21  
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday issued its long-awaited report on Texas’s winter power outage. Why did it take so long? Chairman Richard Glick’s foregone conclusion was that renewables were not to blame…
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Climate change in the Arctic linked to Texas’ severe winter weather

By Lauren Fox   09/23/21  
The state of Texas battled a devastating deep freeze last winter that resulted in up to $155 billion in damages and economic loss, according to AccuWeather estimates, and a new study published in the journal…
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How Climate Change May Spread A Dangerous Fungus In Texas

By Michael Marks   09/22/21  
Climatologists predict that as we move through the 21st century, Texas’ climate will become hotter and drier. Some effects of this change, like access to water, are obvious. Others, less so. Zoya Teirstein of Grist…
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Economical Sensors to Track Climate Change Effects in Coastal Texas Town

By Alex Smith   09/20/21  
Assistant professor Michelle Hummel from the College of Engineering, UTA, has received a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to assist the city of Ingleside on the Bay, Texas. The city has witnessed environmental…
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Climate Scientists Forecast High Temperatures Into the Fall

By Henry Fountain   09/16/21  
After a summer of blistering heat across much of the country, the hotter-than-normal conditions that have contributed to severe drought across the West are forecast to continue into the fall, scientists with the National Oceanic…
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Map: Nicholas’s Path and Rainfall

By Matthew Bloch and Eleanor Lutz   09/16/21  
Tropical Storm Nicholas made landfall as a hurricane early Tuesday morning in Texas. Some areas of the Gulf Coast could experience life-threatening flash floods, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm is expected to bring heavy rainfall…
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How will climate change be taught in Texas classrooms?

By Sarah Acosta   09/10/21  
Currently, there is some belief that very little is being taught about climate change in Texas classrooms. “Texas is one of six states that got an F on a national report card that examined how…
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Texas doesn’t just need more electricity; it needs resilient electricity

By KyLeigh Richardson   09/09/21  
In an increasingly advanced society, we are highly dependent on energy to power homes and businesses. With a growing population, technological advancements, and weather and climate stressors, the demand for energy is greater than ever.
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New Permian Basin methane emissions data add support for EPA rule – researchers

By Karin Rives   09/07/21  
The amount of methane being released from oil and gas fields in the Permian Basin is now consistently at pre-pandemic levels, according to researchers who collected new data this summer ahead of upcoming federal emissions…
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Climate change may have worsened deadly Texas cold wave, new study suggests

By Bob Henson   09/03/21  
In a study released Thursday in the journal Science, the devastating Texas cold wave in February is linked to a stretching of the polar vortex in the stratosphere miles above ground level. This stretching mode,…
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Tesla plan to sell electricity in Texas would cut out the ‘middleman’

By Jason Plautz   09/01/21  
The Public Utility Commission of Texas has until November 15 to decide on Tesla's application to sell electricity in the state's deregulated market.
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Tesla files to become an electricity provider in Texas

By Lora Kolodny   08/26/21  
Tesla wants to sell electricity directly to customers in Texas, according to an application filed by the company this month with the Public Utility Commission there.
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More than two-thirds of observed Permian wells flaring without permit, report says

By Paul Takahashi   08/19/21  
Texas environmental group Earthworks on Thursday said at least 69 percent of 227 wells viewed in the Permian Basin were burning off natural gas without permits from the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil…
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Surging Renewable Energy in Texas Prompts Electricity Generation Adequacy Questions

By Garrett Golding   08/17/21  
Renewable electricity amounted to one-quarter of the power consumed in 2020, up from just 8 percent in 2010 (Chart 1). More is on the way, with solar capacity set to quadruple by 2024 from comparatively…
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What the New Climate Change Report Means for Texas

By Brantley Hargrove   08/13/21  
The planet is running a temperature and it’s getting harder not to notice. The western states seem like they’re always on fire. Last month, the mostly un-air-conditioned Pacific Northwest shattered temperature records, giving folks in…
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What the New Climate Change Report Means for El Paso and the Southwest

By Danielle Prokop   08/12/21  
The Southwestern United States is on the frontlines of climate change and the decades-long effects on the El Paso area will likely worsen, local and regional experts said, unless international governments curb fossil fuel emissions.
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What the new climate change report means for El Paso and the Southwest

By Danielle Prokop   08/11/21  
The Southwestern United States is on the frontlines of climate change and the decades-long effects on the El Paso area will likely worsen, local and regional experts said, unless international governments curb fossil fuel emissions.…
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The Texas Power Grid Is Hanging on by Its Fingernails

By Molly Taft   08/11/21  
On Tuesday, Reuters reported that The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) predicted this week that the system will see peak highs in energy use this week, topping out at a possible 74,034 megawatts on Wednesday. It’s…
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Gas projects reveal FERC’s environmental justice conundrum

By Miranda Willson   08/03/21  
Two liquefied natural gas terminals under development at the tip of Texas’ Gulf Coast could either lift low-income residents out of poverty or destroy local fishing and tourism economies, depending on whom you ask.
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A battle of green against green in this Texas community

By Mary Beth Gahan   08/02/21  
Cynthia Martin leaned against a folding table and addressed the 20 people in front of her. She projected her voice so her words wouldn't be lost in the whirring of the two floor fans set up…
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Winter, summer weather extremes are taking a toll on Texas plants, wildlife

By Melissa Gaskill   07/28/21  
Researchers are documenting impacts of extreme cold and heat on animals and the plants they rely on for food and habitat. The deaths of hundreds of thousands of animals were recorded in February’s winter storm,…
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