Texas’s X Factor

Written by Rocky Mountain Institute

When it comes to its energy use, Texas really is bigger. On an absolute basis, the Texas electricity sector emitted nearly twice as much carbon dioxide as the second-highest-emitting US state and accounted for more than 12 percent of all US carbon emissions in 2016 (the latest year for which Department of Energy statistics are available). In fact, the state’s emissions rate increased by almost 30 percent between 1980 and 2016.

Due to the outsized carbon-abatement opportunity Texas presents, combined with the state’s abundant solar resource, Rocky Mountain Institute’s Shine team is working with electric cooperatives and municipal utilities to

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By Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. We are an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit cofounded in 1982 by Amory Lovins, RMI’s chairman emeritus and chief scientist. RMI now has approximately 170 full-time staff, annual operations of $35 million, and a global reach and reputation. In 2014, Carbon War Room merged with and now operates as part of RMI.

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