Gov. Rick Perry today applauded Texas' successful approach to diversifying its energy portfolio and cleaning its air, a stark contrast to Washington's burdensome mandates and one-size-fits-all policies that stifle economic growth and innovation. The governor spoke at a press conference unveiling NRG Energy Inc.'s Freedom StationsSM, a network of eVgo electric vehicle recharging stations in the Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston areas that will enable more widespread use of electric cars across the state.
"In Texas, we've adopted an all of the above approach in order to meet our energy needs, decrease foreign energy dependency and improve our air quality while protecting jobs and strengthening our economy," Gov. Perry said. "While the federal one-size-fits-all approach stifles innovation, which results in devastating job losses without making the air any cleaner, thankfully, the spirit of innovation drives Texas' approach, and I'm proud to see NRG's latest advancement coming to the people of the Lone Star State."
The governor touted Texas' position as a leader in diversification of both traditional and renewable energy sources using free-market incentives instead of burdensome mandates. He also criticized the Environmental Protection Agency's takeover of the state's successful flexible air permitting program, which has been in place since 1994 and allowed Texas to lead the nation in economic growth while substantially cleaning its air. For example, between 2000-2009, Texas has achieved a 27 percent reduction in ozone and nearly a 58 percent decrease in NOx emissions.
Gov. Perry also reiterated his commitment to upholding the economic principles that allow entrepreneurs and employers to thrive, including maintaining a fair and predictable regulatory environment. These priorities, combined with efforts to maintain low taxes and a fair legal system, allow the private sector to create cutting-edge technology and innovative products that will keep our state moving forward.
Texas' energy sector continues to fuel the nation, supplying 20 percent of the nation's oil production, more than one-fourth of the nation's natural gas production, nearly 60 percent of the nation's chemical manufacturing and refining more than a quarter of the nation's fuel supply.
Additionally, Texas has installed more wind power than any other state and all but five countries, and is developing new transmission lines that will move more than 18,000 megawatts across the state. Additionally, we have attracted more than 9,000 megawatts of energy from the development of next generation nuclear power plants. The state is also looking to add new clean coal plants, which will capture and sequester carbon dioxide emissions or use carbon dioxide to increase production from Texas oil fields.
NRG plans to install a total of 70 Freedom Stations in Dallas/Fort Worth and 50 in Houston by the end of 2012, with half in place by this summer. NRG also plans to install stations along the Interstate 45 corridor in 2012 to connect the two metro areas.
"Texas under Gov. Perry is a state that understands business and most importantly appreciates the benefits that business can bring to Texas consumers - and that is what eVgo is about," said David Crane, President and CEO of NRG Energy. "eVgo will enable drivers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to enjoy the convenience and economic and environmental benefits of electric car ownership."
For more information about NRG Energy's eVgo Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, please visit https://www.evgonetwork.com.
To see what PUC Chairman Barry Smitherman is saying about Texas' energy diversification efforts and electric cars, please visit http://governor.state.tx.us/video/interviews/15932/ and to see TCEQ Chairman Bryan Shaw discuss Texas' relationship with the EPA and the state's environmental success and innovation, please visit http://governor.state.tx.us/video/interviews/15935/.