Success In 83rd Legislature Regular Session Exceeds Expectations
Added 07/19/2013
Updated 07/29/2013, 08/02/2013

TREIA approached the 83rd Texas Legislature with a strong feeling that passing legislation favorable to renewable energy in the 140 days from January through May was unlikely. The TREIA Board targeted over 100 bills to be supported, opposed, or monitored. In spite of some 50 which garnered TREIA support, it was felt that simply defending and retaining existing supportive laws would be the measure of success. As expected, a strong assault on renewable energy was mounted during the session. But in the end, we are pleased to declare that the hoped for measure of success was achieved and exceeded.

 

TREIA helped in the passage of four bills that will definitely benefit developers and installers of renewable energy:  SB 385 (Property Assessed Clean Energy), HB 2500 (improvements in solar property tax appraisal), HB 2712 (energy storage property tax exemption), and HB 3390 (continuation of Chapter 313 – the “Limitation on Appraised Value” economic development tool), and one which may, at some point, provide opportunity for biomass or solar technologies. HB 1864 (CHP evaluation).

 

FOR TREIA SUMMARY & ANALYSIS DOCUMENTS ON THE FIRST FOUR BILLS
CLICK ON THE LINK THE FOLLOWING LINKS:

SB 0385 - PACE Bill - PDF format, 269 KB - UPDATED July 29, 2013 and again August 2, 2013
HB 2500 - Improvements in Solar Property Tax Appraisal - PDF format, 434 KB
HB 2712 - Energy Storage Property Tax Exemption - PDF format, 25 KB - UPDATED July 23, 2013
HB 3390 - Chapter 313 Modifications - PDF format, 351 KB

HB 1864 - CHP Evaluation - No summary document available at this time. 

TREIA also helped defeat all of the bills that would have had significant negative impact on the renewable energy industries. One would have reversed some of the success for solar in the Property Owner Association arena we achieved in the 82nd Legislature, two restricted unnecessarily the siting of wind generation, and another sought to eliminate the state’s Goal for Renewable Energy and its Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) law.

LINKS IN THE LIST BELOW GO DIRECTLY TO THE
ENROLLED OR FINAL VERSION OF EACH BILL



House
or
Senate
TREIA
Adopted
Position
Bill
Link
Authored
by
Category Caption Final Status
S SUPPORT  
SB 0385 Carona PACE

Relating to authorizing assessments for water and energy improvements
in districts designated by municipalities and counties.

PASSED
H SUPPORT HB 2500 Bohac PROPERTY TAX - SOLAR Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of solar energy property. PASSED
H SUPPORT HB 2712 Perez PROPERTY TAX - STORAGE Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of energy storage systems used for the control of air pollution in a nonattainment area. PASSED
H SUPPORT HB 3390 Hildebran CHAPTER 313 Relating to the Texas Economic Development Act. PASSED
H SUPPORT HB 1864
Wu
COMBINED HEAT & POWER
Relating to certain energy security technologies for critical governmental facilities.
PASSED
H OPPOSE
HB 0538
Davis, Yvonne PROPERTY TAX, FRANCHISE TAX, & FUEL USE TAX WIND PLANT SITING Relating to the repeal of certain tax exemptions. FAILED
H OPPOSE HB 0605 Lozano WIND PLANT SITING Relating to the authority of municipalities and counties to adopt regulations and take other actions relating to airport hazard areas. FAILED
H OPPOSE HB 2026 Sanford RPS & CREZ Relating to the legislature's goals for renewable electric generating capacity. FAILED
H OPPOSE HB 2338 Parker
HOA/POA
Relating to the enforcement of restrictive covenants regarding solar panels.
FAILED
H OPPOSE HB 2695 Davis, Yvonne
LOCAL GOVERNMENT - WIND ORDINANCE
Relating to municipal authority to regulate wind turbines in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the municipality.
FAILED