AUSTIN -- If builders put solar panels on the 3.2 million new homes and apartment buildings with 280,000 units expected to be built in Texas by 2045, Texas would add a projected 24,719 megawatts (MWs) of solar PV capacity, according to a new report released today by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. Such an effort would lead to a ten-fold increase in solar capacity and cut carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation by 3.2% percent by 2045.
AUSTIN - The just-released 2018 update to the National Climate Assessment, “NCA4 Vol. II,” offers more proof that Texas will face increasingly dire consequences if action isn’t taken to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions.
“We used to say that climate change would impact our kids and grandkids, but we are experiencing worsening, terrible impacts now,” said Luke Metzger, Executive Director of Environment Texas. “From some of the most destructive and tragic wildfires on record out in California to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey here in Texas, this report documents that such disasters will be the new normal if we don’t take immediate action to cut global warming pollution.”
A new report finds that three-quarters of large U.S. meat processing plants that discharge their wastewater directly into streams and rivers violated their pollution control permits over the last two years, with Pilgrim’s Pride plant in East Texas ranking as the nation’s third-worst polluter.
HOUSTON - Energy efficiency programs in Texas reduced air pollution by as much as put out by 2.2 million cars while saving consumers billions of dollars last year, according to new data obtained from the Energy System Laboratory at Texas A&M University. Community groups shared the data as part of Energy Efficiency Day, an annual nationwide event (energyefficiencyday.org) held on October 5 and officially recognized by proclamations issued by the cities of Dallas and Austin.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the landmark Senate Bill 100 (SB 100) today, setting the Golden State on a path to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable and zero-carbon sources such as solar and wind by 2045.
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