KINKY FRIEDMAN S ENERGY POLICY FOR TEXAS Texas was by Nowandforever

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									               KINKY FRIEDMAN’S ENERGY POLICY FOR TEXAS


Texas was once the world’s leading energy producer. However, Texas has been a net
importer of energy since 1994. Kinky is committed to making Texas self sufficient in
energy and returning the Lone Star State to its role as a leading exporter of energy. This
can be accomplished by:

        1 Evaluating our current energy standards and pursuing a more aggressive plan
          for expanding and developing renewable energy initiatives;
        2 Utilizing existing funds and resources to encourage renewable power;
        3 Encouraging and supporting legislation that would provide economic incentive
          for expansion and development of renewable energy investments in Texas;
        4 Lessening our dependence on fossil fuels;
        5 Making systemic improvements to fossil fuel generation; and
        6 Bringing disparate agencies and bureaucracies under a newly created Texas
          Department of Energy

An expanded renewable energy industry, working with leaner and cleaner petrochemical
production, will make Texas the energy leader of the 21st Century.

CURRENT STATE OF ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Renewable Portfolio Standard

In 1999, Texas adopted the Renewable Portfolio Standard, a requirement that 2000
MW (Mega Watts) of renewable energy be made available for Texas energy consumption
by 2009. This goal was met in early 2006, primarily through wind energy generation in
West Texas.
In 2002, about 2% of energy generation in Texas came from renewable sources (1.2%
wind energy, 0.7% hydroelectric, and 0.1% other).
Enhanced Renewable Portfolio Standard
In 2005, the Texas legislature passed renewable energy targets of 5000 MW (4.3 % of the
state’s power needs) by 2015 and 10,000 MW (10% of the state’s power needs) by 2025.

But Kinky thinks this is too little, too late.

IMPLEMENT THE 20% BY 2020 PLAN

Kinky supports the plan put forth by the Texas Renewable Energy Industries
Association (TREIA) that by 2020, 20% of Texas energy should come from renewable,
environmentally friendly sources.

    1 Texas has the largest wind and solar generation capacity of any state in the
      country. Our total wind, solar, and biomass energy capacity is 400 times the
       amount we currently use. What Texas was to oil in the 20th century, we can be to
       wind power and solar power in the 21st century.

   2   The cost of renewable power will become more competitive with traditional forms
       of power generation as long as renewable energy technologies continue improving
       and fossil fuel prices continue to soar.

An $18 Billion Dollar Difference

Projected benefits of the 20% by 2020 plan include:

   1 $5.5 billion in total electric bill savings;
   2 40,000 new jobs created in Texas with $900 million in new income;
   3 $9.4 billion in new capital investment;
   4 $1 billion in school tax revenues;
   5 $542 million in biomass energy revenue;
   6 $150 million in wind power land lease royalties; and
   7 Will boost rural economic development

Between generating new revenue and reducing expenditures, the 20% by 2020 plan could
make an $18 billion difference in the lives of Texans.


ENCOURAGE RENEWABLE POWER

Utilize existing funds and other resources

The state can attract even more industries willing to invest in Texas through sales and
property tax incentives. Kinky would:

   1 Utilize already existing large-scale funds like the $295 million Texas Enterprise
     Fund to encourage companies creating new renewable energy technology to
     locate to Texas.

   2 Make funds from the existing $100 million Emerging Technology Fund available
     to companies doing promising research into improving wind, solar or other
     renewable energy generation technology.

   3   Spend a portion of the $8.2 billion budget surplus to create transmission
       infrastructure to bring more wind and solar power from west Texas to large
       population centers.

   4 Ensure state purchases prioritze renewable fuels and electricity sources.

   5 State buildings and renovations would be built to United States Green Building
     Council LEED standards for maximum energy efficiency.
   6 State vehicle purchases would prioritize those using alternative or hybrid power
     supplies, including putting the state’s 35,000 school buses on biodiesel.

   7 Direct the Public Utilities Commission to give transmission priority to electricity
     generated through renewable means.

   8 Use the bully-pulpit of the governor to encourage Texas counties and
     municipalities to likewise prioritize renewable fuels, electricity, and vehicles.


Encourage and support legislation that would provide economic incentive

Kinky would encourage and support legislation that would offer economic incentives for
the development of renewable energy. For example, he would:

       9 Offer existing energy companies incentives for greater investment in renewable
         energy generation.

       10 Provide tax incentives to encourage further development of off-shore wind
          power facilities like the ones in Galveston and South Padre Island.

       11 Provide tax incentives to encourage further development of inland wind,
          biofuels, solar, and other renewable facilities, with a special focus on turbines
          rated over 100 kilowatts (those generally used for commercial power
          generation).

       12 Work with the Texas Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Extension
          Services (especially TAMU and TTU) and farmers groups around the state to
          encourage growth of crops that can be refined for use as biofuels.

STOP RELYING ENTIRELY ON FOSSIL FUELS

Lessen Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Texas can lead the charge in working to reduce our dependence on overseas energy
suppliers and embracing renewable technologies because:

   3 Generating power using fossil fuels produces polluting byproducts that negatively
     impact both our environment and the quality of life of Texans.

   4 Proposed new coal plants in Texas would add nearly 4,000 pounds of Mercury and
     117 million tons of global warming gasses to Texas air every year.

   5   Global warming is in part responsible for climate change, and the common-sense
       course is to formulate a policy that takes this into account.

Make systemic improvements to fossil fuel generation
Texas residents and small business owners have been paying a hefty price for electricity
that only gets more and more expensive. The average Texan has seen power bills increase
by more than 80% under the current administration. Texans have gotten dirty electricity
from an administration all too willing to leap into bed with the entrenched power lobby at
the expense of innovation.

As governor, Kinky can work to promote the switch to renewable power generation by:

   1   Discouraging the construction of new power facilities using coal. Instead, he will
       work with lawmakers to offer tax breaks for improving the pollution controls and
       environmental standards of existing coal facilities as well as for the construction of
       new natural gas facilities.

   2 Promoting the development of coal gasification and other clean burning or zero
     emission power plants.

   3 Offering tax incentives and discounted registration for private or commercial
     vehicles that run off of biofuels, electricity, natural gas, propane, or hybrid sources.

   4   Enforcing existing environmental regulations and punishing violators to the full
       extent of the law. Kinky will stop the current practice of imposing penalties on
       polluters that are less than the profit gained by polluting. Under previous
       governors, it paid to break environmental law. Kinky will make sure that polluters
       quit viewing the pollution of our environment as a routine cost of doing business.

   5 Pushing for additional funding and personnel for TCEQ to investigate and enforce
     violations. (In 2003, over 7,520 “upset events” were reported to TCEQ, but only
     30 notices of enforcement were issued in response – a response rate of only 0.4%)

   6 Ensuring that TCEQ has clear direction from the Governor’s Office that its
     mission is to protect Texans and their environment, not special interest groups.

   7 Empowering TCEQ to require all companies to report their greenhouse gas
     emissions. Companies are required to list what they put into our food. Why
     shouldn’t companies be required to list what they put into our air?

   8 Monitoring oilfield waste injection wells and ensuring that violators are punished
     appropriately.

   9 Passing legislation to ensure all electricity-using devices conform to rigorous
     efficiency standards so that they use less energy and enable Texans to keep more
     of their hard earned money.

CREATE A TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Energy is too important to the future of Texas to leave in the hands of disparate agencies
and bureaucracies. To ensure Texas has a prudent and profitable energy policy, energy
regulation and policy should be centralized into a Texas Department Energy under
leadership appointed by the Governor. The TDE would streamline taxpayer interaction
with the state by removing red tape and improve state government by cutting costs and
bureaucratic waste.

								
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