From the oilfields of the 1901 Spindletop strike to today’s growing wind farms of the west Texas plains, energy has played a key role in the development and prosperity of Texas and Texans alike.
Through incentive and innovation, Texas has successfully diversified its energy portfolio, exploring all energy options from solar and wind to natural gas, nuclear and clean coal. Led by the ingenuity, vision and boldness of Texas entrepreneurs and state support of promising technology, Texas is pointing the way toward energy independence for our nation.
» Governor Perry has made diversifying the energy mix of Texas’ electricity market one of his major priorities, helping to lower electricity prices. In 2012, Texas relied on a variety of fuel sources to meet the growing demand for electricity, including 34 percent of energy produced coming from coal, 45 percent from natural gas, 12 percent from nuclear, 9 percent from wind, and 0.5 percent from other sources such as hydro, biomass, landfill gas, and solar.
» In 2007, Governor Perry signed comprehensive energy efficiency legislation, House Bill 3693, into law. This legislation created incentives to reduce energy costs through investing in energy efficiency technologies. As a result, Texans reduced electric consumption in 2009 alone in this state by 506,000 megawatt hours. In 2011, he signed SB SB 1125 increasing the energy efficiency goals, including cost caps for those programs to ensure the costs remain reasonable for customers, and allowing consumers to participate in the generation market through demand-management.
» In 2011, Governor Perry signed House Bill 3328, the first of its kind in the nation, requiring oil and gas companies to disclose chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process. The bill furthers a commitment to ensuring safe energy production in Texas by providing citizens with needed information to better understand this industry practice. HB 3328 illustrates that Texas can lead the nation in oil and gas production while increasing transparency in the process.
» Governor Perry has stood up against federal energy policies like the offshore drilling moratoria and cap and trade that would make oil, gas, and electricity dramatically more expensive.
News & Announcements
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Austin, Texas Proclamation
Gov. Perry Sets November 5 Election for Voting on Proposed Constitutional Amendments
Gov. Rick Perry set Tuesday, November 5, 2013, as the special election date to vote on nine proposed constitutional amendments.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Announces TETF Investments in Texas Companies Creating Therapies for Water Purification, Disease Diagnosis
Gov. Rick Perry has announced awards from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) to two early stage companies that are developing groundbreaking technologies in Texas to purify water and diagnose infections.
Monday, July 01, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Start of Second Special Session
The Texas Legislature is poised to finish its history-making work this year by passing legislation to protect the unborn and women's health, invest in our transportation infrastructure and ensure our justice system is fair but firm.
Friday, June 14, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Announces Final Decisions on Legislation
Gov. Rick Perry today announced his final decisions on legislation passed during the 83rd Regular Legislative Session. The governor applauded lawmakers for their work to keep Texas’ healthy economy the envy of the nation and a beacon for employers and families looking for the best opportunity to succeed.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Signs Landmark Water Legislation