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Travis County leads state in weather-related disasters

AUSTIN – No county in Texas has been hit by more weather-related disasters than Travis County, according to a new interactive map using data from the federal government. Weather-related disasters have been declared nine times in Travis County over the last five years and every county in Texas has been struck by at least one federally declared disaster. Scientists say global warming is already exacerbating some extreme weather events and their impacts.

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Environment Texas decries Texas lawsuit on Clean Power Plan

"In a month where we've seen new heat records, raging wildfires, and now the worst hurricane ever recorded, it is unconscionable that Attorney General Paxton is fighting this life-saving measure to combat dangerous global warming," said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. "Polls show Texans support action on climate, as do many businesses across the state, but instead of representing the people, General Paxton is carrying water for big polluters. Texas needs to stop the dangerous obstructionism and get to work reducing pollution and moving Texas to a cleaner, healthier future."

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ERCOT report predicts 5100 percent increase in solar

AUSTIN - A new report by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) predicts major increases in the use of solar power to meet Texas' energy needs. The report, which reviews the impacts of new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules - including the Clean Power Plan (CPP) - on Texas' electric grid, predicts solar will increase from 250 megawatts (mw) today to 13,000 mw by 2030 - an increase of 5100 percent - even without the new EPA rules. A year earlier ERCOT predicted the state would generate 9,900 mw by 2029, an increase in their estimate Environment Texas Research and Policy Center called "remarkable". The report estimates that with the EPA rules, solar will increase to as high as 14,100 mw by 2030.

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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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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.