ACT: SB 541 Needs Our Support: Call Your Senator TODAY!

May 8th, 2009

Our friend Lize Burr from the Alliance for a Clean Texas is informing all of us of an urgent action.

Great news! Senator Watson’s SB 541 has been placed on the Senate intent calendar and will soon be on the Senate floor. This bill would establish a goal of 3,000 mega watts of renewable energy, a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) for the state. The commitment in SB 541 to solar and other renewable energy is very much like the commitment made to wind in 1999. This bill would pave the way for Texas to become the national leader in solar generation. (Today, Texas is ranked 9th in solar power generation, hard as that may be to believe.)

Please call your senator today and ask him or her to support SB 541.

SB 541 is one of two major renewable energy bills ACT supports this session. (The other bill, Senator Fraser’s SB 545, has been passed by the Senate and is now in the House Committee on Energy Resources.) Passing both bills is essential to making Texas the national leader in solar energy. SB 541 would establish solar and other renewable energy on a utility scale, as was done for wind in 1999. SB 545 would establish a statewide goal for distributed generation such as rooftop solar – an essential component to making Texas the leader in the booming solar manufacturing industry.

With time running out on the 81st Session, we need to take action today:

Please contact your senator and urge her or him to support SB 541. Texas is blessed with the natural resources to be the national leader in solar and other renewable energy, just as we are with wind. Remind her or him that Texas needs to make the strongest commitment to solar and other renewable energy to become the national leader in this emerging industry. By passing both SB 541 and SB 545, Texas will continue to be the nation’s foremost energy innovator.

Thank you for your advocacy for renewable energy in our state and for everything you do to make Texas a cleaner, healthier place to live.

For further information on renewable energy, please visit the ACT website: