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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Texas battery storage increases 77% in October

AUSTIN - New data from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) finds that battery storage grew from 469 megawatts (MW) in September to 833 MW in October, a remarkable 77% increase in just one month. This dramatic growth in battery storage comes as funding from the federal infrastructure bill is poised to increase battery storage even further. 

News Release | Environment Texas

STATEMENT: Environment Texas decries Fayette coal plant decision

Austin Energy announced yesterday that, after a failure to reach an agreement with LCRA, it was shelving plans to close its portion of the Fayette coal power plant it co-owns with the river authority. Environment Texas Executive Director released the following statement:

News Release | Environment America Research and Policy Center

EPA’s PFAS plan would limit toxic chemicals, but falls short of phase out

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a new plan on Monday to deal with toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances that are linked to serious health risks, including liver damage, birth defects and cancer. 

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Illegal Air Pollution in Texas Declined 54% During COVID Recession

Texas industries reported releasing 46 million pounds of illegal air pollution in 2020, a decrease of 54 percent from 2019 caused by the COVID-19 economic downturn, according to state data analyzed by the Environmental Integrity Project and the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center.

News Release | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Thousands urge EPA to protect waterways from pollution

Nearly 30,000 people are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to end the dumping of PFAS chemicals, and thousands more are telling the agency to dramatically reduce pollution from slaughterhouses. Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund submitted comments from these individuals to the EPA Thursday as the agency considers updating pollution control standards, which is required by the Clean Water Act.  The groups are also calling on the EPA to strengthen standards for other industrial sources -- including power plants and refineries.