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06/02/2014

Texas needs to cut carbon emissions 39 percent under EPA proposal

Carbon emissions from electricity generation would need to decline by 39 percent by 2030 under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed greenhouse gas reduction proposal today. The agency on average calls for a 30 percent reduction nationally. Texas would need to reduce its carbon emissions from 1,298 pounds per megawatt-hour, the rate in 2012, to 791 pounds per mw-h. EPA officials said the standards are based on the  2012 "state of the fleet" for each state's generation capacity, taking into account previous efforts to cut emissions through energy efficiency programs, renewable energy standards and other programs. According to EPA, Texas got about half its power in 2012 from natural gas, 32 percent from coal, 7.5 percent from wind and 8.9 percent from nuclear.

"It will be up to the states to define their plans ... to meet the goals," one of several senior EPA officials said on a conference call with reporters this morning. "Ultimately if a state doesn't set a plan the EPA will set one," said another EPA official. It could be a carbon tax or other system, they said, "and states will make their own choices of what makes sense for them."

-- Jim Fuquay

03/13/2014

Study: Texas gained 6,368 jobs in 2013 from clean energy and transportation

Texas projects involved in clean energy production and energy-efficient transportation projects added 6,368 positions last year, according to a new report by Environmental Entrepreneurs. The state ranked No. 2, behind California's 15,397 jobs. One example cited among the eight projects in Texas was the 80-turbine, 165-megawatt Cameron Wind farm in South Texas announced by Apex Clean Energy, which could create more than 200 jobs.

The study looked at jobs in power generation and manufacturing, building efficiency, public transportation and other sectors. It counted more than 78,600 jobs nationally at newly announced projects, projects under construction or job additions at existing projects. The report said 32,500 jobs were power-related, with solar power was the biggest in that sector with more than 21,600 jobs.

Texas was No. 1 nationally in new jobs in the fourth quarter, the report said, with about 3,286 jobs, including 1,400 in five different wind power projects. Texas is No. 1 in wind power capacity, with more than 11,000 megawatts.

It's the second year for the study, which listed more than 100,000 jobs in 2012. The decline could be related to a change in methodology, the group said. Environmental Entrepreneurs describes itself as a national group of business leaders who promote sound environmental policy and economic prosperity. Its web site is here.

-- Jim Fuquay

 

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