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Committee on Electric Generation Capacity and Environmental Effects, Select - 80th R.S. (2007)
Dennis Bonnen, Chair
Charles 'Doc' Anderson
Richard "Rick" Hardcastle
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:
(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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