Texas lawmaker wants school electric rate cuts

Texas lawmaker wants school electric rate cuts

POSTED: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 11:40am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 7:02pm

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A legislator seeks to lower base
electricity rates for Texas school districts by 20 percent to save
money and help avoid teacher layoffs.
The bill was filed Wednesday by state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort
Worth. It came on a day when schools in her district were closed
due to an ice storm that led to some controlled power outages to
conserve electricity.
Texas lawmakers face a projected $15 billion shortfall in the
next two-year budget period.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports state colleges and
universities currently get the base electric rate break.

Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram,

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Reality check please? If schools don't pay the same rates as everyone else, someone will have to make up the difference. Who might that be?

Look at a google earth satellite map of, say Tyler, for example and count how many rooftops belong to the schools, and how many to everyone else. Tiny drop in the bucket.

That said, I'm STILL in favor of all gov't building either being energy zero, or energy positive one way or another.

Well, that would help, certainly. I'd like to see all school buildings using geothermal heat-pumps/ACs, low-e windows, and solar panels though.

The Maddox and Stonebridge air conditioning companies both install Climatemaster geothermal systems, and frankly there's not a single good reason any new building being built in Texas shouldn't use one.

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