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, July 28, 2010 Houston, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: The Biggest Challenge to the Energy Industry is Federal Overregulation
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Tuesday, July 06, 2010 Houston, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Announces Formation of Gulf Project
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Austin, Texas Press Release
Statement by Gov. Perry Regarding the EPA’s Decision to Disapprove Texas’ Air Permitting Program
Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the EPA’s decision to disapprove Texas’ air permitting program: “The EPA’s irresponsible and heavy-handed action not only undermines Texas’ successful clean air programs, but threatens thousands of Texas jobs, families, businesses and communities throughout our state. It will also likely curtail energy supplies and increase gasoline prices nationwide.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 Austin, Texas Proclamation
Gov. Perry Issues Proclamation for Day of Prayer in the State of Texas
Gov. Perry Proclaims Sunday, June 27, 2010 as a Day of Prayer in the State of Texas for the healing of individuals, the rebuilding of communities and the restoration of entire Gulf Coast environment in the wake of this disaster.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 SHANGHAI, China Press Release
Gov. Perry: EPA Continues Course to Kill Texas Jobs, Derail Air Quality Progress
Gov. Rick Perry today criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it will continue to usurp the state’s permitting process and decide whether two additional facilities, Chevron Phillips Cedar Bayou and Garland Power and Light (Ray Olinger Plant), will be granted permits to operate in Texas.