08 Mar '12, 7pm

Don’t Mess With Texas's Clean Energy

Don’t Mess With Texas's Clean Energy

When you think of Texas, what comes to mind? The Alamo? Longhorn cattle? The Dallas Cowboys? Add clean energy to that list. "Some might not think of Texas as a hotspot for renewables. But if you look at what cities here are doing, you might have to change your mind,” says Jen Powis, who leads the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal state-wide campaign in the Lone Star State. Take Houston, for example: One-third of municipal buildings in the state’s biggest city run on renewable energy . Texas’s second-biggest city, San Antonio, is building 400 megawatts worth of solar . Less than 100 miles to the north of there, municipal buildings in Austin run on 100 percent clean energy . What’s happening, says Powis, is bottom-up change that flies in the face of the state’s political climate. “City by city, local leaders are the ones pushing the envelope for clean energy,” Powis says. And as lar...

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