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Texas grid proposals tee up new natural gas fight

Jason Plautz of E&E News reports on a Texas bill that will mandate natural gas generation.

The C3 Take
  • Fearful of another Winter Storm Uri, Texas state lawmakers are pitching a plan to mandate natural gas generation to avoid future blackouts.
  • A lack of winterized grid infrastructure, not renewable energy generation, is the primary cause of blackouts and fatalities from Winter Storm Uri.
  • And while natural gas is important, the government should allow markets, not mandates, to pick energy winners and losers.
  • To prevent another Uri, Texas should embrace market competition and energy diversification while investing in grid infrastructure.

“Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) and state lawmakers are pitching a plan to mandate new natural gas generation to avoid future power crises in Texas. Patrick — who presides over the state Senate — suggested economic incentives for gas-fueled plants at the expense of wind and solar, similar to an unsuccessful bill he backed last year.”

Read the full article here.

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