TEXAS

TEXAS

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.

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

03/21/22
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

03/16/22
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

03/11/22
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.

03/07/22
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

03/03/22
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

10/05/21
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

09/29/21
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

09/24/21
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

09/15/21
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

09/07/21
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?

09/01/21
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

08/30/20
This page provides an overview of the steps Texas is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Climate Action Plan

05/08/20
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

03/21/19
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

03/21/19
The City of Dallas Climate Action Plan.

Houston Climate Action Plan

03/21/19
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

03/21/19
The Climate Program leads City efforts to implement strategies that address the challenges of climate change for Austin. View the Climate Community Plan here

KEY RESOURCES

Texas electric vehicle planning

11/07/22
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

10/26/21
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

09/10/21
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

09/01/21
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

07/19/21
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

02/22/21
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

10/06/20
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

09/19/20
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

09/17/20
The following are state resources specifically to aid Texas residents in the recovery process following Hurricane Laura.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Texas

08/06/20
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

02/28/20
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

02/28/20
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

02/28/20
Information from the U.S. EPA on how scientists predict climate change will affect Texas.

Climate Change in Texas

02/28/20
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

02/28/20
The Texas PACE Program for Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, and Renewable Energy Improvements to Commercial Properties

MORE NEWS

Texas Urges Power Conservation as Heat Wave Lingers

By Will Wade and Others  Photo: Mark Felix   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.

As Alarm Over Plastic Grows, Saudis Ramp Up Production in the US

By Mark Schapiro  Photo: Julie Dermansky   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…

It’s Officially Too Hot for Crypto Mining in Texas

By Kyle Barr  Photo: Mark Felix , Getty Images   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…

Texas Wind Power Is Failing Right When the State Needs It Most

By Brian Eckhouse and Others  Photo: Eddie Seal , Bloomberg   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…

Austin Residents Ordered to Limit Water Usage as Dry Spell Sweeps Region

By Angely Mercado  Photo: Jay Janner , Getty Images   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…

Texas Power Grid Faces ‘Emergency’ as Early Heat Waves Scorches State

By Jake Thomas  Photo: Brendon Bell , Getty Images   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…

Black communities are last in line for disaster planning in Texas

By Tracy Jan  Photo: Juan Lozano , AP   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…

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…

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…

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…

Musk says Tesla will build vehicle designed to be a robotaxi

By Associated Press  Photo: Jay Janner , AP   04/08/22  
Tesla will build a vehicle dedicated for use as a robotaxi, and it will start making three new vehicles next year, CEO Elon Musk told fans at a party celebrating the opening of a Texas…

The crypto rush hits Texas

By Kimberely Adams and Andy Uhler   03/21/22  
Until last summer, China led the world in crypto mining — thanks in part to its hydroelectric infrastructure. Then, the Chinese government cracked down on crypto and many mining companies moved to countries wherever they…

As Texas fires burn, future risk in the region is uncertain

By Flavio Lehner   03/21/22  
Climate scientist Flavio Lehner studies ways to improve climate change projections, and is an author on a new paper showing increases in both extremely wet and dry years. Lehner says the part of Texas where…

Texas Law Makes Oil Divestment Illegal – And That’s Causing Legal Trouble

By Carolyn Fortuna  Photo: Aidan Cooney   03/21/22  
Texas really wants to protect its fossil fuel industry. First, in September, 2021, the state voted Senate Bill 13 into law, which prohibits any active Texas firm from contracting with or investing in companies that…

Wind, solar could replace coal power in Texas

By Mike Williams   03/21/22  
The new work led by environmental engineer Daniel Cohan and senior computer science major Richard Morse of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering uses optimization modeling to identify the least-cost combinations of proposed wind…

LIZZIE FLETCHER TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF COASTAL TEXAS STUDY RECOMMENDATIONS AND PORT OF HOUSTON IMPROVEMENTS

By William Kim   03/18/22  
On Wednesday, Rep. Lizzie Fletcher testified in front of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and urged the committee to include the Coastal Texas Study’s recommendations in the Water Resource Development Act of 2022…

Gov. Greg Abbott declares disaster as wildfires rage in several Texas counties

By Sneha Dey  Photo: Michael Gonzalez , The Texas Tribune   03/18/22  
The disaster declaration allows the counties — Brooks, Brown, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Grayson, Mason, Potter, Randall, Reynolds and Williamson — to use all available state resources to respond to the fires.

Millions of Texans lack home weatherization that can save energy, lives

By Amal Ahmed   03/08/22  
“There’s a huge number of homes out there that cannot hold a [set temperature] for even a minute – if the AC shuts off, that house is getting hot,” a Texas energy efficiency expert said.

The largest remaining tall-grass prairie in Texas is getting solar panels. Environmentalists can’t stop it.

By Mary Beth Gahan  Photo: Cooper Neill , The Washington Post   03/08/22  
The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex 90 miles to the southwest is expanding at an extraordinary rate, and there is increasing demand for reliable, clean energy — especially in light of a failure of the electricity grid…

WHAT THE LATEST SOBERING UN CLIMATE REPORT MEANS FOR TEXAS

By Fernando Ramirez   03/04/22  
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released the second part of its sixth assessment report, a sprawling 3,500-page analysis of the climate crisis and its impact on humanity.

A year after Texas cold spell, study shows renewable energy could help prevent blackouts

By Kasha Patel  Photo: LM Otero , AP   03/03/22  
Around this time last year, millions of Texans were shivering without power during one of the coldest spells to hit the central United States. For five days, blackouts prevented people from heating their homes, cooking…

Green Hydrogen International Announces Hydrogen City, Texas – The World’s Largest Green Hydrogen Production and Storage Hub

03/03/22  
Hydrogen City, Texas will be an integrated green hydrogen production, storage, and transport hub growing to 60GW in size and producing over 2.5 billion kilograms of green hydrogen per year. The project is centered around…

Texas led the country in new renewable energy projects last year

By Emma Newburger  Photo: Brandon Bell , Getty Images   02/18/22  
Texas led the country in building new renewable energy projects last year, according to a report released this week by the American Clean Power Association, continuing a promising trend in a state that’s largely dependent…

Climate change means Texas needs more energy, not restrictions

By Jeremy Mazur and Rob Orr  Photo: Michael Ainsworth   02/18/22  
A year ago, a winter storm delivered a devastating lesson on extreme weather and Texas’ vulnerability to it. Days of deadly sub-freezing temperatures, impassable roads, and statewide disruptions in electric, natural gas and water services…

Sediment Cores From Ocean Floor Could Contain 23-Million-Year-Old Climate Change Clues

By Keith Randall  Photo: Justin Kim   02/17/22  
Sediment cores taken from the Southern Ocean dating back 23 million years are providing insight into how ancient methane escaping from the seafloor could have led to regional or global climate and environmental changes, according…

Pax­ton Secures Vic­to­ry Against Biden’s Ille­gal Cli­mate Change Order

02/15/22  
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton secured yet another victory against the Biden Administration, this time halting implementation of a climate change agenda handed down by executive order. Attorney General Paxton joined several other states in…

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

By Erin Douglas  Photo: Evan L' Roy , The Texas Tribune   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.

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…

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…

EPA announces ‘bold’ action to monitor pollution in ‘Cancer Alley’

By Darryl Fears  Photo: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert   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…

How Exxon is using an unusual law to intimidate critics over its climate denial

By Chris McGreal  Photo: Reginald Mathalone/NurPhoto   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…

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…

Cold weather reignites debate about stability of Texas’ gas-powered grid

By Shelby Webb  Photo: Tim Fischer / Midland Reporter-Telegram   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…

Climate change behind unprecedented increase in butterfly species appearing in South Texas, experts say

By Sandra Sanchez  Photo: 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…

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…

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…

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.

Winters get warmer with climate change. So what explains Texas’ cold snap in 2021?

By Erin Douglas  Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar , The Texas Tribune   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…

Exxon Mobil aims for net-zero emissions from its operations in the Permian Basin by 2030

By Clifford Krauss  Photo: Angus Mordant/Reuters   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…

Texas education board considers how middle schools teach climate change and sexuality as officials fight over library books

By Brian Lopez  Photo: Emree Weaver , The Texas Tribune   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…

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…

These 7 efficiency policies could help Texas avoid $8B in new gas plants, ACEEE says

By Robert Walton  Photo: Alexander Koerner/Getty Images via Getty Images   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…

Are Tesla and Texas a Perfect Match? It’s Questionable.

By Niraj Chokshi, Clifford Krauss and Ivan Penn  Photo: Matthew Busch for The New York Times   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…

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…

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…

Tesla Will Move Its Headquarters to Austin, Texas, in Blow to California

By Niraj Chokshi  Photo: Justin Kaneps   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…

Cameron County leads the state in poor air quality, report says

By Steven Masso  Photo: AP Photo/Grant Hindsley, File   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.

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…