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

Committee Members
Dennis Bonnen, Chair
Charles 'Doc' Anderson
Kevin Bailey
Norma Chavez
Richard "Rick" Hardcastle
Phil King
Burt Solomons
Joe Straus
Sylvester Turner
Charges
• 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.

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

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