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Texas could be on the cusp of an energy expansion

New research by Rice University’s Baker Institute, supported by Texas 2036, demonstrates that emerging technologies such as geothermal energy, hydrogen and carbon capture present unique energy opportunities for Texas.

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By Jorge Barro, John Diamond and Rob Orr for Texas 2036

Barro is a public finance fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Diamond is director of the Center for Public Finance at the Baker Institute and the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance. Orr is a senior policy advisor at Texas 2036.

“Texas has a key role to play in delivering more clean electricity to people and employers — not just from hydrogen, but also from technologies and innovations that will drive the 21st century energy expansion.”

Source: Medlock, III, Kenneth B. and Keily Miller, 2021. “Carbon Capture in Texas.” Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies, January.

“An enviable range of unique geographical and geological features make Texas fertile ground for a boom in renewable and clean energy production — one we already see unfolding across much of the state.”

Table 3: Miles of hydrogen pipeline by state (Source: