House Committee on Electric Generation Capacity and Environmental Effects, Select - 80th R.S. (2007)

Committee Members


  • Study the state's demand for electric generation capacity for the next 50 years and the infrastructure and technology available for meeting that demand.
  • Study the environmental effects of existing electric generating facilities, including the effects on global warming or climate change.
  • Prepare a long-term electric energy and environmental impact plan for the 81st Legislature that includes:

    (A) an estimate of the demand for electric generation capacity by this state for each of the next 50 years;
    (B) an inventory of all existing electric generating facilities operating in this state;
    (C) an assessment of the types of, and amount of electric generation capacity from, electric generation technology available to be used to meet the demand for generation capacity, including:
    (i) coal;
    (ii) renewable energy;
    (iii) liquefied natural gas;
    (iv) nuclear energy;
    (v) integrated gasification combined cycle technology; and
    (vi) hydrogen gas;
    (D) an assessment of the environmental effects of existing and potential electric generating facilities and energy generation technology, including the effects on:
    (i) the emission of pollutants regulated by the federal Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. Section 7412);
    (ii) the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases;
    (iii) the cumulative effect on air quality in nonattainment areas;
    (iv) whether an increase in emissions would cause an area to become a nonattainment area; and
    (v) global warming or climate change;
    (E) an assessment of the reliability of existing electric generating facilities to meet the demand for electric generation capacity;
    (F) an estimate of the costs associated with meeting the demand for electric generation capacity; and
    (G) recommendations for reducing demand through the use of energy efficiency programs.


Established pursuant to Rule 1, section 16(b) (Tom Craddick, Proclamation, 12/6/2007)

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