The oil and gas sectors form a large portion of the Texas economy but the state has seen sharp increases in renewables this past decade. Texas has already surpassed its 1999 Renewable Portfolio Standard targeting 10,000 MW renewable production by 2025. Spurred by this goal and the state’s geography, Texas has constructed transmission lines to connect the rural high wind potential Panhandle with cities in the east of the state. While there has been limited climate policy at the state level, major and mid-sized cities have acted. Denton and Georgetown, two mid-sized cities, have committed to sourcing 100 percent of their electricity from renewables. Four of Texas’ five largest cities—Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio—have recently announced new or strengthened climate plans that aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 or, in Austin’s case, 2040. Cities such as Austin, Houston, Dallas and El Paso have also put forward plans to deal with floods, address poor air quality and support communities most vulnerable to climate threats. With the state dominated by Republicans and the fossil fuel industry, it has remained out of regional and national climate initiatives.


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