Two months after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed slashing carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s power plants, Texas officials are still scrambling to figure out how to respond.
Teams of lawyers have been hired to determine the impact on the state’s power utilities, natural gas producers, coal mines and solar and wind farm developers. EPA modeling suggests that by 2030 coal generation would be cut in half, to be replaced by new natural gas plants and a 150 percent increase in electricity generated from the sun and wind.
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Is a policy analyst for TCAP, a coalition of cities and other political subdivisions that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because high energy costs can impact municipal budgets and the ability to fund essential services, TCAP, as part of its mission, actively promotes affordable energy policies. High energy prices also place a burden on local businesses and home consumers.