Texas Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis
Texas Energy: What you need to know
Governing Law and Regulations
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Renewable energy portfolio standard: Texas Utilities Code 39.904
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.
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 ...