News Releases

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Houston solar capacity nearly doubled from 2019 to 2021

HOUSTON- Houston ranked sixteenth in the nation for total installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the eighth edition of Environment Texas Research & Policy Center’s report Shining Cities: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy. The report, which is the most comprehensive survey available of installed solar capacity in major U.S. cities, found that Houston nearly doubled its total solar capacity between the end of 2019 and the end of 2021. The city is now home to 81.4 megawatts of solar capacity total, which comes out to about 35 watts per person.

News Release | Environment Texas

12 years later, BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster still reverberates

AUSTIN, Texas – BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded nearly 12 years ago on April 20, 2010. The largest oil spill in American history, the disaster ultimately poured 4 million barrels – or 168  million gallons – of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, killing sea turtlesbirds, a record number of dolphins and more. The damage endured, as wildlife populations crashed in the years following the disaster. 

News Release | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Interactive map shows widespread lead contamination in schools drinking water

BOSTON -- Lead contamination of school drinking water is more pervasive than previously thought, according to testing data from across the nation published on Thursday by Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund on a new interactive map. The groups urged public officials to take swift action to “get the lead out” of schools’ drinking water.