Close this search box.

Getting climate, energy & environment news right.

Texas got more electricity from solar than coal last month

Julian Spector of Canary Media reports that solar generated more electricity than coal in Texas last month.

The C3 Take
  • 10 years ago coal generated 36% of Texas’ electricity, a number that has plummeted to below 10% today.
  • Texas’ competitive energy markets have allowed the state rapidly increase its share of renewables and displace coal-fired generation.
  • Texas’ lawmakers should continue to embrace its competitive market to deliver affordable, clean power to consumers.
  • At the same time policymakers at the federal and state levels should phase subsidies for mature energy technologies.

“Wind and solar don’t need to pay for fuel, so they can deliver low-cost power to ERCOT whenever the weather is favorable. That pushes down the prices that coal owners can earn during those high-renewables hours, reducing the amount of time when it makes economic sense to run their plants. Solar can only operate in the sunlight, yet it still managed to produce more megawatt-hours in March than Texas coal plants, which technically could run at any time of day.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

Copyright © 2020 Conservative Coalition for Climate Solutions

Subscribe to our exclusive email designed for conservatives who care about climate.

Help us promote free market solutions for climate change.

5 Incredible Ways Economic Freedom Helps the Planet.

Sign up for our newsletter now to get the full list right in your inbox.

Thank you for signing up

Help us promote sensible solutions for both planet and prosperity.

Download Now