What New York Can Learn From Texas's Green Energy Initiative

Keith Fink
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    New York has some of the biggest cities in the country, most notably home to The City That Never Sleeps. As such, New York has a higher air pollution rate than other states.

    Despite its air quality, New York has been adapting green energy initiatives to combat pollution. NYC alone meets the National Ambient Air Quality Standard with an air quality of PM2.5. However, it’s worth stressing that there’s still room for improvement. Other states’ initiatives, such as the movements in Texas, can inspire New York to take greener actions.

    This article will focus on how New York has initiated steps toward sustainability. We will also delve into Texas's initiatives and how other states can use their projects as a reference for environmentally conscious actions.

    The Landscape of New York’s Clean Energy Initiative

    The New York government has set its sights on creating a sustainable environment that promotes clean energy. Considering that it is one of the primarily urbanized states in the US, this plan is an ambitious feat. However, the state is fully committed to accomplishing these goals through the 10-Point Action Plan and the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

    Texas’s Approach to Renewable Energy

    The state of Texas is widely known for its clean energy initiatives. The city of Houston alone has over 150 solar-related companies and more than 40 wind-powered companies. earning it the moniker “Energy Capital of the World.” Compared to other states, Texas generates the most wind power in the country. Unsurprisingly, Texas has become the blueprint for the sustainability movement.

    While the state is known for its abundance of fossil fuels, it’s also a hub for renewable energy sources. Most areas in Texas have suitable wind conditions and space for wind power generation. As such, the state has maximized this potential and invested in efficient infrastructure to tap into this renewable energy. The state also has policies that promote and support these green energy initiatives.

    Flexible policies

    Texas promotes clean energy using a market-based approach. It considers localities and landowners, emphasizing how they can benefit from transitioning to renewable sources. Texas was among the first states to adopt the renewable portfolio standard (RPS). Narratives focusing on economic benefits and diversity of energy portfolios uphold clean energy sources.

    The Strategies and Green Energy Initiatives of Texas

    Texas is a global leader in sustainability and renewable energy. As such, they plan strategies that guarantee results. New York can apply and emulate the same plan by studying how Texas approaches sustainability. Through these sustainability measures, New York can achieve its energy transition goals.

    Diverse energy mix

    Texas has a remarkably diverse energy mix. Its rich natural resources give it an edge in technological advancements. The state is the largest oil producer and one of the primary consumers of oil in the United States. However, we'll highlight its clean energy sources, or clean-burning fossil fuel in the case of natural gas.

    Natural gas

    Texas remains the leader in natural gas production in the United States. According to Statista, the state has generated an estimated 275.2 terawatt hours of electricity from its gas turbines alone. The state's abundance of natural gas can be attributed to its plentiful shale formations.

    To fully harness the power of its natural gas, Texas strongly promotes the development of infrastructures for its processing and exportation. These developments include multiple pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities.

    Wind power

    Texas leads in wind power production. With its abundant wind and vast open spaces, specifically in West Texas and the Panhandle, Texas is ideal for wind farms. The government has made the smart move of actively supporting the establishment of these structures.

    Wind power primarily contributes to the state’s electricity supply. In 2022, Texas's wind power generated 40,556 megawatts, which is 26 percent of all the wind-sourced electricity in the US.

    Solar power

    With the quick expansion of solar energy in Texas, more investments are being made in large-scale solar farms and the distribution of solar installations. Within a year, solar generation in Texas increased by 75 percent. This growth shows how Texas maximized the high solar insolation of its natural location.

    Investment in infrastructure

    Texas places great importance on infrastructures for green energy. Even companies that provide electricity in Texas have quickly adapted to the shift in customer sensibilities. They’ve also realized that renewable energy benefits the environment and their businesses.

    The state continues to develop extensive green energy infrastructure. The focus is primarily on wind and solar power. Some of the primary components of their infrastructures include:

    Wind energy infrastructure

    Texas has some of the country's biggest wind farms, including Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center and Roscoe Wind Farm. These facilities maximize the area's consistent and strong wind currents.

    One of the state's initiatives is the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ). They establish transmission lines that connect remote areas with abundant wind currents to the state's population centers. With CREZ, Texas has enabled the transfer of wind-generated electricity throughout the state.

    The state's electrical grid oversees wind energy integration and is handled by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Their grid management balances wind energy's unpredictability with other energy sources.

    Solar energy infrastructure

    Roadrunner Solar Project and the Permian Energy Center are among the large-scale solar farms in Texas. Both create remarkable contributions to the state’s solar capacity. These solar farms are strategically placed in areas with high solar insolation, specifically in West Texas.

    Rooftop solar panel installation on residential, commercial, and industrial sites has also increased. This growth can be attributed to the government incentives offered and the declining costs of panels. Programs also enable multiple users to benefit from a shared solar array.

    Due to solar power's intermittent nature, battery storage has become indispensable. Projects are designed to store a surplus of solar power, which consumers can use in low-production periods. Advanced energy storage solutions, including lithium-ion and flow batteries, are also being developed and deployed within the state.


    New York dreams of a clean and sustainable future. It can attain that by using effective strategies that maximize renewable energy sources. By mirroring Texas's approach, New York can reduce its carbon footprint, improve air quality, and become a leader in renewable energy production. So, tap into the potential of renewable energy to achieve full sustainability.

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