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We stopped 20 state parks from closing

After devastating budget cuts in 2011, this spring, the Legislature restored funding for state and local parks. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department had warned that 20 state parks would have to close without additional funds. But after a public outcry—including thousands of petition signatures from Environment Texas members—the Legislature boosted funding by $62 million. That's enough to keep all our state parks open, make critical repairs, replant trees destroyed by wildfire at Bastrop State Park, and to give grants to cities to build new parks, ball fields and playgrounds.

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Texas grid operator predicts 50-fold increase in solar by 2030

Under these scenarios, solar would represent 6-7% of total annual generation. Environment Texas notes that the baseline scenario is substantially higher than the 9.9 GW by 2029 that ERCOT predicted in a 2014 report.

“This recognizes the historically low prices we're seeing in the solar market today,” said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. “It's a remarkable time for solar, with each new prediction or price beating the previous historic one.”

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Austin to get 13% of electricity from solar

AUSTIN - The Austin city council voted 8-2-1 to negotiate and execute contracts for between 112 - 162 megawatts (mw) of additional solar energy by 2017. Combined with 288 mw of solar approved two weeks ago and earlier solar investments, the city of Austin is on track to generate approximately 13% of its power from solar energy by 2017. In addition, the council called for 150 mw more to be built or contracted by 2019. The investments are expected to save consumers money over the life of the contracts, reduce global warming pollution, and reclaim leadership from San Antonio for the leading city in Texas on solar.

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Austin, Texas approves another 162 MW of solar projects

According to an analysis by Environment Texas, Austin is on track for solar to represent roughly 13% of its electricity generation by 2017. In order to qualify for the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit these projects must come online in this timeframe.

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Consumer Energy Alliance among nation’s top solar energy opponents, says report

AUSTIN –Along with the Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Consumer Energy Alliance is one of 12 special interest group running the most aggressive anti-solar campaigns in the country, said a new report by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center.

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Report | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Blocking the Sun

Solar power is clean, affordable and popular with the American people. Since 2010, America’s solar energy capacity has grown more than four-fold, generating increasing amounts of clean energy at increasingly affordable prices. America’s solar progress is largely the result of bold, forward-thinking public policies that have created a strong solar industry while putting solar energy within the financial reach of millions more Americans.

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