Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's Initiatives - Energy & Environment

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.

Action Items

»  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 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.
  • Wednesday, June 02, 2010 • Deer Park, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: EPA Action Would Kill Texas Jobs, Derail Air Quality Progress
    Gov. Rick Perry today was joined by local government and business leaders to decry Washington's latest attempt to extend federal control over the state's authority, an action that would undermine Texas’ successful clean air programs and cost the state thousands of jobs. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its efforts to take over Texas’ federally delegated, successful Title V permitting program and replace it with a less effective Washington-based, bureaucratic led, command and control mandate.
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2010 • Dallas, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on EPA’s Efforts to Take Over Texas’ Air Permitting Program
    Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on the EPA’s efforts to take over Texas’ air permitting program: “The Obama administration has taken yet another step in its campaign to harm our economy and impose federal control over Texas. With their decision to take control of a permitting process that the Clean Air Act allows to be delegated to the states, the EPA is on the verge of killing thousands of Texas jobs and derailing a program that has cleaned Texas’ air."
  • Wednesday, May 19, 2010 • Palacios, Texas • Speech
    Gov. Perry: Continued Investment in Education is Essential to Texas’ Competitiveness
    "Texas has more nuclear power plants under development than any other state, and this program will prepare our future workforce to carry out the state’s all-of-the-above energy strategy,” Gov. Perry said. “PowerSet WIT is designed to connect motivated, capable students with educational opportunities in the STEM fields, accelerate their learning in these key subjects and give them firsthand experience with careers in the growing field of nuclear power technology.”
  • Thursday, May 06, 2010 • Stafford, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Incentives Lead to Better Technology and Smarter Approaches
    Gov. Rick Perry today reiterated the importance of providing incentives, rather than onerous mandates, to encourage innovation in business and technology. The governor spoke at the rollout of UPS’ expanded fleet of hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), the first to be introduced in Texas through Senate Bill 1759 of the 81st Legislative Session, which provides grants from the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan Fund for large fleet owners to convert old diesel vehicles to alternative fuel vehicles.