By Barry Cassell , Renewablesbiz:
Several environmental groups – including the Sierra Club, Public Citizen and Environment Texas – have petitioned the Public Utility Commission of Texas to pass new rules calling for more development of non-wind renewable energy in the state.
The petition, filed with the commission on Sept. 12, asks for amendments to the commission’s existing Goal for Renewable Energy. This regulation, adopted by the commission as required by the Texas Public Utility Regulatory Act (PURA), reflects the Texas Legislature’s command to the commission to promote renewable energy development in Texas as an essential component of long-term energy resource adequacy, reliability, and consumer choice, the petition noted.
The purpose of the amendments proposed by those groups is to further implement the Legislature’s intent to advance non-wind renewable energy technologies in the state by strengthening the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for non-wind resources such as solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric… Read more