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What Happened for Solar – or not! – During the 2011 Texas Legislative Session
Russel Smith, Executive Director TREIA
Russel Smith is the co-founder and executive director of Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA). His career spans more than three decades working with governmental, educational and non-profit boards, and on state committees promoting the development of solar wind, biomass, geothermal and hydro resources. Smith is also a founding member and former executive director of the educational non-profit Texas Solar Energy Society.

TREIA’s 13 Legislative Objectives
?Encourage filing and passage of bills addressing 12 objectives ?Bills filed relating to 8 of the 12 ?Bills passed relating to 6 of the 8 objectives ?13th objective – Maintain existing tax exemptions – accomplished

TREIA’s task during session
?113 bills on TREIA’s action list ?TREIA supported sixty (60) – fifteen (15) passed, and ?opposed nine (9) – all nine were defeated

Key bills that failed to pass
? HB 2961 (Darby) – state-wide solar incentives tiered for residential, commercial, and utility-scale projects ? HB 774 (Anchia) / SB 330 (Watson) – 1,500 MW goal (RPS) for non-wind renewable energy resources by 2020 ? HB 3259 (Strama) – change 500 MW non-wind “target” in current RPS to “goal” affirming it as mandatory

Direct impact on solar market
?HB 362 (Solomons) – Solar and HOAs ?SB 981 (Carona) – Distributed Renewable Generation Third Party Ownership ?SB 1910 (Rodriguez) – Net Metering and Efficiency Programs for El Paso Electric ?HB 2077 (E. Rodriguez) – State Efficiency and Renewable Energy Finance Program for Nonprofits and Houses of Worship

Peripheral, but could have an impact
? HB 51 (Lucio III) – Efficiency & High Performance Standards for State Buildings ? HB1728 (Keffer) – Public Institutions Increased Funding Flexibility for Performance Contracting ? SB 898 (Carona) – Public Institutions Energy Use Reduction Goals Set ? SB 943 (Carona) – Electric Energy Storage Regulation ? SB 312 (Seliger) – Natural Gas & Renewables

Harmful bills defeated
?SB 1590, HB 2652, HB 3015
?Altered Chapter 313 of the Tax Code to the detriment of renewable energy project development.

Other anti-renewables efforts defeated
?Ending RPS (Goal for Renewable Energy) ?Stopping Competitive Renewable Energy Zones transmission program ?Opening definition of renewable energy technology to include non-renewable resources

Important issues defeated but kicked to interim
?Chapter 313 – Select Committee on Economic Development
?State Energy Plan

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Russel Smith
Executive Director, TREIA P. O. Box 10023 Austin, TX 78766 Ph.: 512-345-5446 E-mail: Web: