AUSTIN- Southwestern University in Georgetown and the University of North Texas in Denton lead Texas colleges in use of renewable energy, according to an analysis released today by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. Both universities are powered 100% by wind and solar energy from their municipal utilities, Georgetown Utility Systems and Denton Municipal Electric. Fifteen more Texas colleges report at least some use of renewable energy, including from on-campus solar installations and power purchase agreements for utility-scale wind or solar energy. Environment Texas Research and Policy Center today also released Renewable Energy 101: Ten Tools forMoving your Campus to 100% Clean Energy, a series of factsheets highlighting 10 key tools to help Texas universities with building a 100 percent clean, renewable energy system.
AUSTIN - Citing the poor economics of coal, Texas electric generator Luminant announced this morning plans to retire its 1800 MW Monticello coal burning power plant in January. The forty year old Monticello plant, at peak production one of Texas’ most polluting power plants, had run intermittently in recent years as the plant became less competitive with cleaner generation on the Texas electric grid.
Today more than 600 leaders from 43 states – including doctors and nurses, business owners, state and local officials, and watershed activists - urged U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to maintain the Clean Water Rule. Environment America Research & Policy Center submitted their comments in response to EPA’s proposal to dismantle the Rule, which restored federal protections to drinking water sources for 117 million Americans.
AUSTIN – 779 Texas schools have found lead in their drinking water, according to an analysis of testing data by Environment Texas. The analysis, an update of one completed in March, includes hundreds of additional tests from Austin, Houston, Humble, Alief, Garland and Northwest Independent School Districts. Environment Texas also offered a new toolkit to help parents, teachers, and administrators Get the Lead Out of schools’ drinking water. Citing a lack of accurate information on lead contamination in water and how schools should prevent it, Environment Texas encouraged parents and teachers to put the new toolkit on their “back to school” reading list.