Fw: Texas RPS Expansion Passes â €“ Awaits Govâ€™s Signature
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Texas RPS Expansion Passes â€“ Awaits Govâ€™s Signature
The Texas House of Representatives, this afternoon, passed SB 20 by Sen. Troy Fraser (R), Marble Falls â€“ the bill to expand the Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard from its current 2,880 MW by 2009 to 5,880 by 2015. The measure includes a carve-out of 500 MW of non-wind renewables and further sets a target for the state of 10,000 MW by 2025.
The bill was approved by the Senate on July 12 with no amendments. It was sent immediately to the House for committee hearing where it was reported out favorably without amendment by the Regulated Industries Committee â€“ also on the 12th. The House Calendars Committee placed it on the agenda for hearing on the House floor today, July 14.
Opponents of a proactive state policy on renewable energy made a strong push on the floor of the House to gut the bill. Rep. Myra Crownover (R) of Lake Dallas offered up an amendment that eliminated the RPS increase and reduced the stateâ€™s commitment to the conducting of studies. After considerable debate a motion to table the amendment passed and the bill moved on to a final vote without amendment.
The Senate and House versions of the bill being identical, it appears the last hurdle is gaining the signature of Governor Rick Perry. It is expected that he will sign.
Below is the link to the bill as it passed out of the House Regulated Industries Committee. The House enrolled version has not been posted yet, but the language is the same.Russel E. Smith
Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association
P. O. Box 16469
Austin, TX 78761-6469