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Texas’s Plan to Avoid Deadly Blackouts Could Cost $18 Billion

Naureen S Malik and Mitchell Ferman of Bloomberg report on Texas’ plan to shore up the power grid.

The C3 Take
  • The Texas Senate has passed S.B.3, which authorizes a buildout of a fleet of new natural gas plants.
  • These plants will sit idle and only be used in the case of emergency, but will cost $18 billion to build.
  • In addition to being extremely expensive for taxpayers, this plan will largely fail to address grid reliability issues in Texas and distort the state’s competitive energy market structure.
  • Texas lawmakers should reject proposals like this which hurt taxpayers, consumer choice, and energy innovation.

“If implemented, the new plants — which would only be used in emergency situations — would be built in two phases over a decade given permitting and supply chain constraints, according to slides of a new study shared by the Lower Colorado River Authority. The potential cost risks derailing Republicans’ plans to overhaul a grid increasingly reliant on renewable energy with fossil fuel plants.”

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