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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Report: Solar energy benefits vastly outweigh costs

SAN ANTONIO–Households and businesses with solar panels deliver greater benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share.

“While some utilities claim they’re subsidizing solar panel owners, our report shows the opposite is probably true,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas.  “If anything, utilities should be paying people who go solar more, not less.”

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Opposition grows to TX official serving on EPA clean air panel | Luke Metzger

Today, seven of Texas' leading air quality advocates wrote the EPA in opposition to the Texas state toxicologist serving on a key federal clean air panel. The group charges Dr. Michael Honeycutt with “an appearance of a loss of impartiality,” disqualifying him from serving on the EPA's Clean Air Science Advisory Committee (CASAC). CASAC plays a powerful role in setting science-based federal policy on air quality.

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Meet our Summer 2015 Intern Team! | Luke Metzger

Every semester, we recruit and train college students to learn the skills of environmental advocacy and work alongside our staff to win real results for Texas' air, land and water. We've got a great group working with us this summer - read all about them below!

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Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Letter to Gov. Abbott on solar energy

Dear Governor Abbott,

As local and state civic leaders, we wish to encourage you to make solar energy a key element of Texas’ energy future. By using solar energy to power our homes, businesses, schools, farms and government buildings, we can reduce pollution, reduce energy bills and boost local economies.

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News Release | Environment Texas

San Antonio ranks 7th in nation for solar power

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio has more solar panels than most major American cities, ranking 7th among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed in a new report. San Antonio’s berth in the “solar sweet sixteen,” just behind Indianapolis and ahead of Denver, was owed primarily to smart contracts between the municipally owned utility, CPS Energy, and solar companies to build multiple solar farms totaling 400 MW, or enough to power over 31,000 homes, once completed.

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