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Senate Bill 184 Report

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Category 1 Strategies
    • Energy-Efficient Buildings
    • Energy-Efficient Equipment
    • Other Industry
    • State and Local Government
    • Vehicles and Transportation
  • Category 2 Strategies
    • Emission Reduction Targets
    • Oil and Gas, Refinery and Fuels
    • Other Industry
    • Vehicles and Transportation
  • Category 3 Strategies
  • Strategies in Other States and Nations
  • Appendix A: Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Methodology
  • Appendix B: Comments Relating to EDF Submissions
  • Appendix C: Responses to Comments Relating to EDF Submissions
  • Contributors

As required by Senate Bill 184 in the 81st Regular Session, this report contains a list of strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that:

  • result in net savings for Texas consumers or businesses;
  • can be achieved without financial cost to consumers or businesses;
  • or help businesses in Texas maintain global competitiveness.

Texas continues to demonstrate that a robust economy and efficient use of energy are compatible. The state's energy intensity (the amount of energy needed to produce one dollar's worth of goods) fell by about 50 percent between 1970 and 2003. Decreasing energy intensity shows greater energy efficiency as well as structural changes in the economy, such as growth in less energy-intensive industries. As directed by SB 184 and the 81st Legislature, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts organized an advisory committee to assist in identifying and evaluating "No Regrets" Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Strategies for the state of Texas. Following a four-stage development process beginning in September 2009, with input from interested stakeholders, including the public, industry and non-government agencies, those strategies are reflected in this report.

The strategies are reported as required by SB 184 and should not be construed as an endorsement or recommendation by this agency. The costs analysis is not specific for Texas, but is based on assumptions; further analysis is necessary. However, as required by the bill, the agency, along with the advisory committee, analyzed each strategy to identify potential costs to consumers or businesses in this state, including total net costs that may occur over the life of each proposed strategy.

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