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Re: [hreg] Energy Efficiency Bill Vote Friday

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  • Nan Hildreth
    I believe the Coleman and Ellis renewable bills were revived by tacking them onto the TXU bill, SB 483 which passed both houses and is now in House-Senate
    Message 1 of 5 , May 3, 2007
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      I believe the Coleman and Ellis renewable bills were revived by tacking them onto the TXU bill, SB 483 which passed both houses and is now in House-Senate conference committee.  http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=80R&Bill=HB3693     The committee members are the only folks to lobby about this.  Houston area folks on that committees are Senator Janek  If Janek is your State Senator (Bellaire, Brazoria or Galveston, etc) please ask him to keep the amendments for renewable energy. 

      Also attached is a good little flyer on HB 3693.  


      At 11:33 AM 5/3/2007, you wrote:

      Along similar lines, I understand HB 2226 (Garnet Coleman) & SB 1357 (Rodney Ellis) are stuck in committee.  These are the bills providing incentives for renewable energy.  Passage of these bills would be a VERY significant step.  Maybe our senators & representatives need a little encouragement.

      Henry

      Nan Hildreth <nanhildreth@...> wrote:
      Please ask your Texas State Representative to vote for energy efficiency House Bill 3693.  Vote is scheduled for Friday.   Houston area representatives who have co-authored the bill (and so probably already plan to vote for it)  are Bohac, Cohen, Farrar, Miles, Wayne Smith, and Turner.  To lookup who represents you www.capitol.state.tx.us

      Texas wastes huge amounts of electricity, about twice as much as other states.   Efforts to use energy with thrift saves us money, cleans the air, and protects the climate.  Efficiency is the cheapest, fastest and cleanest way to address our energy needs, but Texas' efforts at it a third to a tenth of the Department of Energy recommendations. 

      HB 3693 by Rep. Joe Straus is an omnibus energy efficiency bill, which includes new incentives and mandates for public and private sector energy users as well as utility providers. HB 3693 includes a provision establishing a sales tax holiday on energy-efficient appliances.  For more information about the bill.  http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=80R&Bill=HB3693

      From: Bee Moorhead <bee@...>









      LAST MINUTE CHANGE: HB 3693 IS SCHEDULED FOR THE HOUSE FLOOR FRIDAY! THE MESSAGE NOW IS SIMPLY “ASK YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO VOTE FOR HB 3693”--THERE MAY BE ONE MORE LAST MINUTE ALERT COMING TO YOU ABOUT AMENDMENTS, BUT AS YOU MAKE YOUR CALLS/SEND EMAILS, THE ASK IS “VOTE FOR THE BILL” AS OPPOSED TO “COAUTHOR THE BILL”.



















      LOVE,

      BEE   

      Dear Friends,

      You are receiving this email because you are a leader in your local area on coal plant/air pollution issues, and there is an opportunity for you to exert some leadership to help pass an important bill.

      Texas Impact, Sierra Club and many other groups have been taking a serious look at clean air/clean energy bills in the Legislature, and we are working to assess which of the bills are still viable at this point in the process and worthy of significant grassroots efforts.

      One bill that definitely is viable and needs a big grassroots push: HB 3693 by Straus. It’s a comprehensive energy efficiency bill that would significantly reduce the need for new power plant construction by reducing electric consumption all across the state.

      The time available to lobby on this bill is VERY short. To make it through the legislative process, the bill would have to be voted out of the House by May 10. I won’t lay out all the complex twists and turns of the legislative calendar (unless you really want them!) but suffice it to say that grassroots folks could make a very potent call to their representatives on this bill but they would need to make the call by the end of the day on Friday, or certainly by first thing Monday morning at the absolute latest.
       
      We will be sending out email action alerts on this bill, but would like to do some phone calling as well.

      If you would be willing, we would like to send you a list of folks who have identified themselves as interested in coal plants/ air pollution. We’d like you to call as many of these folks as you can and ask them to make a phone call to their representative. There’s a script/action alert at the bottom of this email that you could use when you make the calls.

      So...would you be willing to make some calls to folks in your area or other parts of the state asking them to call their representative on this bill? If you don’t have time or otherwise need to decline, are there others you can suggest who might be willing to take a lead on this?

      Judy Morgan from Texas Impact will be calling to follow up with you on Thursday morning, or if you like you can email her directly out of this message.

      Thanks for all your hard work for clean air, and for all you do for Texas!

      Love,

      Bee

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      Bee Moorhead
      Executive Director, Texas Impact
      221 East 9th Street, Suite 403
      Austin, Texas 78701
      512.472.3903 (o) / 512.636.3135 (m)
      http://www.texasimpact.org

      Texas religious leaders established Texas Impact in 1973 to be a voice of religious social concern to the Texas Legislature.


      House Bill 3693 by Straus is an “omnibus” energy efficiency bill­all the “EE” provisions you know and love­like energy efficient schools and government buildings, incentives for homeowners to do efficiency projects, sales tax holiday on Energy Star products, and so much more­are in HB 3693!


      Texas’ electricity use is DOUBLE that of the other largest states, and our rates are some of the highest in the nation. Energy efficiency saves money and cuts air pollution. Texas is at a crossroads: will it be more coal power plants and polluted air, or efficiency, clean air and more money in our pockets? Let your representative know which alternative YOU prefer!

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      Nan Hildreth, Houston 713-842-6643

      "On playing fields and battlegrounds, challenges that would be daunting and impossible if faced alone are suddenly possible when tackled in a close-knit group.  The people haven't changed, but the way in which the task appears to them has."  Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point



      Nan Hildreth, Houston 713-842-6643

      "On playing fields and battlegrounds, challenges that would be daunting and impossible if faced alone are suddenly possible when tackled in a close-knit group.  The people haven't changed, but the way in which the task appears to them has."  Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point

  • Jessica Drummond
    Just FYI on efficiency. I just completed an extensive report for a u of Michigan course this past semester, and we found that a suite of efficiency programs
    Message 2 of 5 , May 4, 2007
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      Just FYI on efficiency… I just completed an extensive report for a u of Michigan course this past semester, and we found that a suite of efficiency programs with some renewable energy phasing in in a few years will be CHEAPER than implementing the coal plant strategy.

       

      Without including externalities current avg price for electricity in TX 9.1 cents per kWh, efficiency and renewables: 4.5 cents per kWh (see report on ACEEE website)

      In our report we included externalities (some health care costs and a price for carbon given likely federal legislation such as a cap and trade program) and found that the cost of coal fired electricity could be as much as approx 15 cents per kWh.  If you’d like to see our report, just email me at jrobilotto at mindspring dot com.

       

      The economics may help to convince legislators that are on the fence.

       

      Jessica

      http://www.thegreenadventure.blogspot.com

      Join the adventure!

       

    • Edward Kramer
      I don t know where you you get your figures from, but is 9.1 wholesale or retail? If so, someone is loosing a lot of money as green energy prices are above
      Message 3 of 5 , May 4, 2007
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        I don't know where you you get your figures from, but is 9.1 wholesale or retail? If so, someone is loosing a lot of money as "green" energy prices are above 16 cents here in Houston.
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        Sent: Friday, May 04, 2007 5:48 AM
        Subject: [hreg] Re:Energy Efficiency Bill Vote Friday

        Just FYI on efficiency… I just completed an extensive report for a u of Michigan course this past semester, and we found that a suite of efficiency programs with some renewable energy phasing in in a few years will be CHEAPER than implementing the coal plant strategy.

        Without including externalities current avg price for electricity in TX 9.1 cents per kWh, efficiency and renewables: 4.5 cents per kWh (see report on ACEEE website)

        In our report we included externalities (some health care costs and a price for carbon given likely federal legislation such as a cap and trade program) and found that the cost of coal fired electricity could be as much as approx 15 cents per kWh.  If you’d like to see our report, just email me at jrobilotto at mindspring dot com.

        The economics may help to convince legislators that are on the fence.

        Jessica

        http://www.thegreen adventure. blogspot. com

        Join the adventure!

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