Texas Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Renewable energy:

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Renewable energy portfolio standard: Texas Utilities Code 39.904

Energy efficiency: Senate Bill (SB) 1125

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking):

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Regulatory Agency

Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUCT)

Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) Oil and Gas Division

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

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.

State Requirements


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:

  • 2007: 2,280 megawatts (MW)
  • 2009: 3,272 MW
  • 2011: 4,264 MW
  • 2013: 5,256 MW
  • 2015: 5,880 MW

At least 500 MW of energy generated from renewable resources must be generated by a renewable ...

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agency
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements