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San Antonio utility CPS Energy announces contract for 300 megawatts of solar

Solar power

San Antonio utility CPS Energy announces contract for 300 megawatts of solar

AUSTIN, Texas - San Antonio’s municipally-owned utility CPS Energy announced on Tuesday a contract with Consolidated Edison Development, Inc. to add 300 megawatts of utility-scale solar to its portfolio. This is the first partnership in the utility’s FlexPOWER Bundle initiative which seeks to add 900 megawatts of solar to replace some of the utility’s existing older, dirtier power generation capacity.

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Statement: Ft. Bend county’s W.A. Parish coal plant catches fire

Fossil fuel pollution

Statement: Ft. Bend county’s W.A. Parish coal plant catches fire

For decades, NRG Energy’s W.A. Parish coal-fired power plant in Fort Bend county has also threatened public health and the natural environment. EPA data identified the plant as the third most heavily polluting plant in the state, emitting almost 10.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 30,000 metric tons of methane and 50,000 metric tons of nitrous oxide. A 2018 study by Dr. Daniel Cohan’s research group in Rice University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering estimated that Parish is responsible for 177 premature deaths annually.

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Statement: California Energy Commission releases big offshore wind target

Wind power

Statement: California Energy Commission releases big offshore wind target

As California seeks to secure a 100% renewable electricity grid to address the climate crisis, the California Energy Commission (CEC) has released their initial Offshore Wind report with goals of 3,000 MW of offshore wind energy by 2030 and 10,000 to 15,000 MW by 2045 with a potential of 20,000 MW by 2050, with sufficient technological improvements.

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Statement: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation opens applications for ‘America the Beautiful Challenge’ grants

Wildlife & wild places

Statement: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation opens applications for ‘America the Beautiful Challenge’ grants

“From Big Bend to Caddo Lake, our natural lands are a big part of what makes Texas a beautiful and desirable place to live. We need more nature in our lives -- more places to explore, listen to the birds sing, swim in the water and restore peace and balance in our lives. We urge our state and local leaders to take full advantage of the America the Beautiful Challenge to conserve and restore Texas’ lands, waters and wildlife. Thank you to President Biden, Secretary Haaland and all the members of Congress who voted for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which funds this crucial program.”

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