Houston Matters

Turning a landfill in Sunnyside into a solar farm, and what motivates Gov. Abbott (April 25, 2022)

Posted on · On Monday's show: A new project in Sunnyside plans to convert a landfill into the nation's largest urban solar farm. Plus, we take a closer look at what motivates Gov. Greg Abbott. And an expert outlines what we do and don't know about microplastics in our water -- and in our bodies.

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Solar power and grid resilience, and MacGyver the Musical (Feb. 11, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: Possible missed opportunities for grid resilience, the challenges 3D printed guns create for law enforcement, and MacGyver the Musical makes its world premiere at Stages Houston.

Energy & Environment

Is Your Renewable Energy Electricity Plan Really Supporting Texas Wind And Solar?

Posted on · Unlike most cities across the country, Houstonians have lots of choices when it comes to buying electricity – including plans for people who want to support renewable energy.

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Making Solar Panel Installation Easier And More Affordable (April 26, 2021)

Posted on · On Monday's show: Details on the city’s new solar co-op, a unique book shows what life was like for African Americans in Houston 50 years after emancipation, and the latest developments in Houston sports.

Energy & Environment

While Texas Lawmakers Target Renewables, The State’s ‘Thermal Fleet’ Threatens Grid Stability Yet Again

Posted on · The state’s grid operator warned of a possible energy emergency on the grid Tuesday. It said slightly warmer-than-expected weather was part of the problem, but it was really the fact that coal, gas and nuclear power were offline all at once.

Houston Matters

The Future of Solar Power in Houston

Posted on · The City of Houston recently announced an expansion in renewable energy. The city agreed to purchase an additional 20 megawatts of solar power. Over the next couple of weeks, Houston Matters will devote part of our show talking about the various forms of energy in Greater Houston and across Texas. Today, we examine solar energy […]

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Solar Power in Houston is Growing, But How Do We Compare to Other Cities?

Posted on · Houston's solar capacity is growing, according to a new report from the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. But how much is it growing? And how does Houston’s growth compare to that of other Texas cities — and other major metro areas across the nation, for that matter? Luke Metzger of Environment Texas joins us […]

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Solar Capacity, and Robots Taking Our Jobs: Tuesday’s Show (May 3, 2016)

Posted on · Houston's solar capacity is growing, according to a new report from the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. But how much? And how does Houston’s growth compare to that of other Texas cities — and other major metro areas across the nation? On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss where Houston stands on solar […]

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What Renewable Energy Sources Should We Pursue Next?

Posted on · Each Tuesday of this month, Houston Matters has explored efforts here in Greater Houston to pursue alternative, renewable forms of energy. In previous weeks, we discussed solar energy, hydrogen, wind power, and biofuels. On this edition of the program, we ask what you’d prefer to see energy companies here in Texas pursue – whether traditional […]