Translated title: Overview of energy policy and energy economy in Texas
Regarding energy policy and economy, Texas is outstanding among the US states: It is the largest producer and consumer of electricity, natural gas, and (crude) oil in the US. In the field of renewable energies, a strong increase in solar and wind energy capacities can be observed, even with state subsidies having been cut back considerably.
Environmental risks also play a major role. Texas was one of the states hit hardest by hurricane Harvey and, according to experts, will continue to be hit hard by climate change in the US. The increased occurrence of earthquakes is also being discussed in relation to fracking technologies in Texan oil fields.
In this background study, the authors give an overview of historical and current developments in the Texan energy policy and energy economy. The first chapter adresses the energy economy in Texas. Subsequently, goals, drivers and debates of Texan energy policy and state institutions are presented. Finally, selected topics such as the power system, renewable energy in Texas or the transport sector are presented in detail.
Further publications in the series
- The debate on the Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule - Electricity market policy under President Trump (in German only) (January 2018)
- Overview of energy policy and energy economy in California (in German only) (September 2017)
- Overview of the energy policy of Canada (in German only) (June 2017)
- Overview of Australia's energy policy (in German only) (March 2017)
- Power Cuts in South Australia 2016 and 2017 (in German only) (February 2017)
- California and Germany: energy policy cooperation with neighbouring states in the electricity sector (in German only) (December 2016)
- Overview of the energy efficiency policy in the US (in German only) (December 2016)
- Overview of the US electricity markets (in German only) (November 2016)