Energy

Clean energy development. Encourage expanded federal research and development programs for clean energy technology with a high priority toward:

  • development of low-emission coal-fueled and advanced nuclear technology;
  • technically feasible carbon storage and sequestration that is consistent with Texas geology and maximizes the potential for ancillary recovery of other energy resources (e.g., enhanced oil recovery); and
  • other advanced emission controls related to energy development and production.

Domestic energy production.

  • Support efforts to maximize the development and production of domestic energy sources to improve energy security and remove barriers to diversification of the domestic energy market and job growth in the domestic energy industry.
  • Support efforts to remove obstacles to development of offshore energy sources that allow some states to benefit from the supply of products derived from offshore production in other states while unreasonably prohibiting local or regional access to offshore energy resources.
  • Support efforts to remove unreasonable restrictions on development of new energy resources, such as shale natural gas resources, based on unsound or unproven technical assessment of environmental impact.
  • Oppose efforts to slow or delay production of domestic energy resources under the guise of “studying” environmental impacts or attempting to supersede state authority for regulation of oil and gas exploration and development.
  • Support efforts to stay or annul unreasonable regulations promulgated to establish new ozone standards and the “Clean Power Plan”, with specific focus on the regulation of methane and greenhouse gas emissions.

Electricity.

  • Support full and fair competition and customer choice in the electricity industry that will provide for nondiscriminatory open access to facilities for wholesale and retail transactions.
  • Support federal government efforts that rely on market forces to provide adequate and reliable energy supplies and do not mandate specific sources of energy used in electric power generation that discriminate among energy options, inhibit efficient markets and harm consumer, investor and public interests.
  • Oppose efforts that will force the abandonment of critical, affordable electric generation capacity based on climate change or environmental policies that have not been demonstrated to be based on sound scientific principles or an accurate assessment of real costs and benefits.
  • Support energy policies that avoid subsidies and loan guarantees that create incentives that favor particular fuels, technologies or industry participants.

Energy diversity.

  • Support a federal energy program that allows a free market to determine how best to meet the goals of increasing the diversity and sustainability of fuel and energy sources, including the use of oil, natural gas, coal, wind, solar, nuclear, biomass and waste-derived power, developed and made available in an environmentally safe manner.
  • Support efforts to encourage energy conservation and rational energy efficiency policies that are voluntary, cost effective and consistent with free market principles.
  • Support efforts to promote the development and use of renewable energy sources that are technically feasible and capable of competing in an open market.
  • Oppose any Congressional efforts that would require or prevent the use of specific fuels for industrial sources. Oppose the use of environmental regulatory controls that have the specific effect of promoting an alternative energy policy, such as forcing fuel switching by increasing regulations on coal and oil or natural gas powered energy facilities (e.g., “Clean Power Plan”).

Energy efficiency.

  • Support those energy efficiency measures that allow the free market to determine what is technically feasible and cost effective.
  • Oppose energy efficiency measures that impose unfair or discriminatory requirements on manufacturers, result in unreasonable costs to consumers or negatively affect competitiveness in national or international markets.
  • Support efforts to ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appropriately credits progress towards environmental targets, such as air quality standard or greenhouse gas emission reductions, when those targets are achieved via energy efficiency and demand response measures established by the State of Texas.

Grid reliability. Support requirements that any federal rule that impacts electric generation must clearly take in account the effects on electric reliability and the potential costs of service interruptions due to lack of adequate reserve margins.

Pipeline and transmission capacity. Support efforts that will ensure that the federal government will assist and encourage the construction of additional pipeline and transmission capacity from producing regions to consuming regions to meet growing demand and maintain the integrity of existing infrastructure in order to continue to protect public safety. Support the Keystone pipeline project and other infrastructure projects that will enhance our domestic energy security and expand the uses and markets for domestic energy products.

Refinery capacity. Encourage the development of a new refining capacity in the U.S. and ensure that more stringent environmental permitting and enforcement regulations or facility performance standards do not unduly hinder potential expansions and appropriately take domestic refining capacity and energy security into consideration when weighing presumed environmental or public health benefits.

Renewable energy.

  • Support federal government efforts to foster research and development of renewable energy sources and technology, including storage technology for sources such as wind and solar, with the specific goal of bringing to the market energy sources that can compete with more traditional and dependable energy sources without distortions in markets or unreasonable cost increases to any class of consumer.
  • Oppose those efforts that mandate specific utilization of renewable sources in the supply mix that do not clearly and adequately protect against unfair and unreasonable cost impacts to consumers.
  • Oppose new subsidies and support the ending of existing subsidies for established energy technologies where those subsidies are no longer required to provide market opportunities and unduly distort competitive energy markets.

Smart grid technology. The term “smart grid” refers to the use of modern computer, meter and communications technology to improve intelligent and efficient operation of the electric power grid and enable consumers to better manage consumption.

  • Support the proper development and use of smart grid technology to ensure more efficient use of available power resources and reduce the environmental impact of power generation and use.
  • Support the expansion of smart grid technology, where cost effective, and the use of existing communications infrastructure where it can be demonstrated to reduce cost or enhance reliability and security of the grid.
  • Support efforts to provide a better regulatory framework for grid cybersecurity that does not replace or is incompatible with existing industry standards with special focus on regulations or legislation that addresses limits of liability due to cyber incidents and the ability to share information among private and public parties.
  • Ensure that data privacy regulation does not unduly burden or harm the ability to deliver services especially in competitive markets.

Tax and capital formation.

  • Support efforts to maximize the full development of our energy resources by providing laws and regulations that ensure adequate capital formation.
  • Oppose any changes to tax law or policy that reduce existing market incentives for domestic energy production or which treat domestic energy producers inequitably when compared to other businesses or producers.
  • Consistent with TAB efforts to ensure free and open markets, support efforts to lift bans and remove undue restrictions on the export of oil and natural gas.