Shades of Green produced a two part series on Clean Energy in the State of Texas. Together with our guests we drilled down into the data, discussing how the clean energy economy is doing in Texas, how many people it employs, and how much energy it creates. We also talked about this year’s Texas Legislative session and what our state lawmakers have planned for our state’s energy future.
In Part 1 our guest was John Hall – Associate Vice President of Clean Energy for the Environmental Defense Fund. He is the author of a new report out from EDF called, “Texas’ Clean Energy Economy: Prioritizing Jobs, Investments, and Economic Growth.” The report outlines the current state of energy in Texas and explains how Texas has been able to begin transitioning to a clean energy economy. The reports focuses on the economic benefits of embracing natural gas, solar and wind power, as well energy efficiency and demand response. In the end, the report also lists recommendations for our state’s leaders on the best ways to embrace and strengthen Texas’ clean energy economy.
“Texas has a global competitive advantage because of its wind, solar, and natural gas resources and potential, as well as the opportunity to save money through energy efficiency. Moreover, wind and solar power generation now employs more than four times as many Texans than fossil-fuel electricity, and 85 percent of Texas voters support increasing clean power. State leaders need to leverage this advantage to provide Texans a cleaner and healthier, as well as less water-intensive and wasteful, electricity system. They can do so by developing and implementing a bold, comprehensive Texas energy plan to grow the state’s economy, create jobs, attract investment, and save billions of dollars.” – from the Texas’ Clean Energy Economy Report. The report is available on line at this link to EDF.
Photo of Guests: Jose Beceiro, John Hall, Dwain Rogers, Steven Rosenberg
Reed Sternberg, Stacy Savage, Amy Stansbury, Jose Beceiro, Dwain Rogers, John Hall, Janis Bookout, Steven Rosenberg, John Hoffner