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, February 11, 2004 Press Release
Gov. Rick Perry Names Texas Energy Planning Council Members
MIDLAND – Gov. Rick Perry today named the 22 individuals to the Texas Energy Planning Council and said the group will develop the first statewide energy plan since the oil bust of the 1980s.
Tuesday, February 10, 2004 Speech
Gov. Rick Perry's Remarks Regarding The Texas Energy Planning Council Membership
Monday, February 09, 2004 Speech
Gov. Rick Perry's Remarks At The Dow-GM Fuel Cell Announcement
Wednesday, January 28, 2004 Press Release
Gov. Perry Says Texas Energy Industry Important to State and Nation
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today stressed that the Texas energy industry is essential to both state and national economic growth in an address at the Texas Railroad Commission's 5th Annual State of the Industry in Austin. Perry also stated that future economic growth in Texas depends on an educated workforce and applauded the industry for continuing to lead in the development of cleaner forms of energy.
Tuesday, January 27, 2004 Speech
Gov. Rick Perry's State Of The Industry Address