In 2011, Texas passed House Bill 3268 required that the state’s Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) develop a “permit-by-rule” option of a simplified air permitting process for CHP systems that would allow for expedited permitting for certain qualifying systems. The draft rule would apply to natural gas systems up to 5MW; TCEQ is currently considering comments on the draft rule and preparing to issue a final rule.
The text of House Bill 3268 can be found here: http://tx.opengovernment.org/sessions/82/bills/hb-3268.
In 2009, Texas passed two bills aimed at securing and strengthening critical government-owned buildings and facilities. They require that those facilities deemed “critical” conduct a feasibility assessment for CHP prior to initial construction or at points of major renovation. It further encourages the implementation of projects when a project is expected to be cost-effective in its first 20 years.
The text of House Bill 1831 can be found here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/pdf/HB01831F.pdf
The text of House Bill 4409 can be found here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/pdf/HB04409F.pdf.
For more about these laws visit: http://www.txsecurepower.org/.
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