Texas is making important strides in boosting renewable energy production but could do a better job implementing more statewide efficiency programs and creating incentives for efficient technologies, according to the Austin-based advocacy group Environment Texas Research & Policy Center.
Texas produced more wind than any other state last year and came in fifth in solar energy, producing 339 times the amount it produced a decade ago. Texas is third in the U.S. for battery storage capacity with 94 megawatts, according to the center.
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But Texas could do more by providing state incentives to produce renewable energy and encourage state and local governments to purchase only renewable power, according to the center.
"The progress we've made in the last decade on renewable energy and technologies like battery storage and electric cars should give Texans the confidence that we can take clean energy to the next level," said Jen Schmerling, deputy director of Environment Texas.
One percent of new car sales in June in Houston were electric vehicles.