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Wind and solar aren’t the enemy in Texas. Neither is natural gas.

The Houston Chronicle’s Editorial Board writes about the importance of a diverse energy portfolio in Texas.

The C3 Take
  • Regulators in Texas are looking to redesign the state’s electricity market to make it more favorable for fossil fuels and less favorable for renewable energy.
  • Texas’ “all of the above” approach, which allows markets to pick energy winners and losers, has kept prices low for consumers and accelerated innovation.
  • Rather than allowing the government to pick energy winners and losers, lawmakers in Texas should adopt policies that expand market competition.

“It seems everyone but our state legislators understand that renewable energy and fossil fuels don’t have to be mutually exclusive. If we want to keep the lights on for the foreseeable future, especially during severe weather events, we need as much reliable thermal power available as possible. But our short-term needs shouldn’t derail Texas from the long-term goal of having an efficient, more affordable grid powered mostly by clean energy. If we want to remain the nation’s leader in renewable energy, we can’t treat it like an inconvenience.”

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

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