Just five utilities in Texas got a passing grade in the first edition of the Lone Star State’s Clean Energy Scorecard. The report, released by the Sierra Club, graded 77 investor-owned utilities, rural cooperatives, retail electricity providers and municipally-owned utilities for their efforts to invest in renewable energy and implement energy saving initiatives.
Only Austin Energy (80 points), MP2 Energy (71), Denton Municipal Electric (67), CPS (65), and Oncor Electric (63) scored more than 60 points out of a possible 100.
“The scorecard’s findings show that the majority of Texas utilities are not doing enough and are underperforming,” the Sierra Club stated in a press release. “However, the chapter expects to see improvements in 2020.”
According to the Lone Star chapter’s conservation director, Cyrus Reed, “Some of these same companies have told us they are either in the midst of signing big contracts or they intend to do major clean energy investments in the coming months and years— and we expect that Texas consumers will respond and demand clean energy now.”
The scorecard aims to educate consumers. The Sierra Club hopes that if more Texans become aware of the clean energy programs available, they will choose utilities with the best offers and push others who are currently falling behind to improve.