POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Feb. 13, 2015

Solar jobs rising in Texas; Low oil prices shouldn't slow state economy; Tesla teases home battery launch


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:

  • The solar industry employed nearly 7,000 Texans in 2014, up by more than 2,800 from 2013, and is expected to grow to more than 9,100 by the end of 2015, Fuel Fix reports.
  • A highly diversified economy and pro-growth policies makes the Texas economy more resilient to oil price fluctuations, Texas economist Vance Ginn writes in Forbes. From the post:

    “The current test on the state’s economy will depend on how low oil prices go and for how long. After real oil prices hit their lows in early 2009, they rose relatively quickly throughout the rest of the year, contributing to the lack of economic decline. This time around is also different with the rest of the nation growing – though at a sluggish pace – providing a boost for Texas.”

  • Tesla is expected to unveil a battery for energy storage in consumers’ homes and businesses by this summer, Bloomberg reports.
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