April 8, 2011 - David Crane, President & CEO of NRG Energy; Parent Company of eVgo
April 8, 2011 - Gov. Perry Tours a VIA Electric Pickup Truck
April 7, 2011 - Dr. Bryan Shaw, Chairman - Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
April 5, 2011 - Barry Smitherman - Chairman, Public Utility Commission of Texas
July 30, 2010 - Simon Upfill-Brown - COO, Terrabon Inc.
May 6, 2010 - Danny Smith - Public Affairs, UPS
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
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: Cap and Trade Could Severely Hurt Texas' Economy
Monday, February 09, 2009 Speech
Gov. Perry Addresses Delegations from Grayson, Denton and Collin Counties
As you spend time here in Austin, talking to legislators and presenting a clear picture of the “situation on the ground” in your area, understand that we’re all in the same boat, and we all have to look at ways to tighten our belts and run our organizations in a leaner fashion, just like Texas families are having to do more every day.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 Press Release
Gov. Perry: Texas’ Relative Strength a Result of Principled Decisions
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus open for Governor Rick Perry, who gives his 2009 State of the State Address.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: Proposed EPA Rules Will Cripple Texas Economy
Gov. Rick Perry strongly urges the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against passing a proposed framework for regulating greenhouse gas emissions due to its devastating implications for Texas’ economy and energy industry, and the Texas Advisory Panel on Federal Environmental Regulations, consisting of Bryan W. Shaw (Commissioner, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality), Barry T. Smitherman (Chairman, Texas Public Utility Commission), and Michael L. Williams (Chairman, Texas Railroad Commission) presents findings to back Gov. Perry's comments.
Friday, November 07, 2008 Press Release
Gov. Perry Encourages Private Sector Investments in Energy Innovation