News Releases

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

New report recommends cities look beyond renewable energy credits to meet climate goals

Renewable energy credits (RECs), commonly used to help cities, counties, businesses and institutions meet their commitments to adopt renewable energy, have played a critical role in making renewable energy more affordable and economical, spurring the growth of wind and solar energy. But a new white paper released Monday from Environment Texas Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group argues that while REC purchases on open markets can be an important piece of local governments’ efforts to reduce emissions and increase sustainability, they are unlikely to be sufficient in and of themselves to support the transition to 100% renewable electricity.

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Statement: Clean schools program means cleaner, healthier future

Vice President Kamala Harris will announce on Monday a clean schools infrastructure program, which features grant funding for public school energy upgrades, money for electric school buses, and investments in rural schools.

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Statement: Weatherization funding takes advantage of the ‘cleanest energy’

President Joe Biden and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on Wednesday $3.16 billion in new funding through the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) for residential energy upgrades. 

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

New report outlines how electric school buses could speed Texas’s transition to a clean, reliable electric grid

AUSTIN -- As early as next month, billions of new federal dollars will start to become available for school districts across the country to transition to clean, electric school buses. Today, most of the nation’s nearly half a million school buses run on diesel fuel, producing harmful emissions that children are forced to breathe. With the support of the World Resources Institute’s Electric School Bus Initiative, Environment Texas Research and Policy Center, Texas Public Interest Research Group, and Frontier Group are releasing a new report examining how the transition to electric school buses, in addition to keeping diesel exhaust out of developing lungs, could help speed up the expansion of clean energy by providing a critical source of reliable battery storage. 

News Release | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Thousands call on EPA to get the lead out of drinking water

Nearly 15,000 people are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to not only set a 10-year deadline for removing lead pipes but also take decisive action to ensure safe drinking water at schools and child care centers. Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund submitted comments Wednesday from these individuals on the EPA’s Draft Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities.