Renewable energy portfolio standard: Texas Utilities Code 39.904
Energy efficiency: Senate Bill (SB) 1125
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking):
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Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUCT)
Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) Oil and Gas Division
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• Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. However, Texas state legislation has established a renewable energy portfolio standard. Texas has also developed requirements concerning wells used for the disposal of nonhazardous produced water and hydraulic fracture flowback fluid from oil and gas wells.
• Administration and enforcement. The Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUCT) administers the state's renewable energy portfolio standard and energy-efficiency requirements. The RRC administers and enforces the state's hydraulic fracturing regulations.
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard
Texas Utilities Code 39.904
Texas has passed renewable energy portfolio statutes that require renewable energy technologies to be utilized to generate power as follows:
At least 500 MW of energy generated from renewable resources must be generated by a renewable ...