Taking a cue from the Legislature, the Public Utility Commission of Texas has dropped a proposal that would have mandated that electricity generators buy renewable energy other than wind.
The three-member state commission in December published a proposal to require that generators get 500 megawatts, or about 2 percent of all the electricity generated in the state, from a renewable source other than wind.
Friday is the deadline to act on that proposal, but it is not included on the commission’s agenda, dealing a setback to solar, geothermal and other renewable energy sources.
“I was hoping and expecting that they would act on this long overdue rule,” said Cyrus Reed, the conservation director for the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club. “They’ve lost an opportunity to jump-start this market.”
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