Statement
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
February 26, 2007
Contact: Jeremy Warren, 512-463-0113

Statement of Senator Ellis on TXU Decision to Halt Plants

(Austin) -- Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) provided the following statement regarding Texas Utilities' "decision" to halt their efforts to build eight of the eleven proposed coal plants in Texas.

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"This is clearly a huge step forward," said Senator Ellis. "Clearly TXU has been exaggerating the need for these plants and I think the speed with which they abandoned the project speaks volumes. There was always a sense that there was a race to get these plants green-lighted before any changes to state or federal law could be implemented.

"Unfortunately, the fight is not yet over," said Senator Ellis. "There are still 11 other proposed plants out there, including some of the worst offenders when it comes to polluting our air. Texas needs a different direction for our energy policy that emphasizes the cleanest options, particularly energy efficiency. We need to call a 'time-out' on plans to build these coal plants to make sure we're making the right choices about Texas' energy future. We need to concentrate on common sense energy efficiency policies, like SB 489, which sets basic efficiency standards for ten consumer appliances, would offset 20% of the projected growth in demand for energy with no pollution and big savings for consumers."

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