Attacks on renewable energy following Texas blackouts fail in state Legislature

After deadly statewide power outages in February, some politicians and pundits falsely blamed renewable energy sources solar and wind.

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Mary Katherine Moore
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After deadly statewide power outages in February, some politicians and pundits falsely blamed renewable energy sources solar and wind.

In response some legislators introduced anti-renewable energy bills that would have imposed new fees on wind and solar farms. Environment Texas, allied lawmakers and our citizen supporters defended renewables, and when the legislative session ended on May 31, we won: Wind and solar power that can help prevent future blackouts were protected; the new fees were dropped.

“I’m pleased the House stood off attacks on solar and wind power,” said Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger. “As global warming makes extreme weather more frequent and more severe, we need to batten down the hatches to protect Texas families from blackouts and worse.”

Environment Texas urges the state Senate to focus on providing a more sustainable, resilient energy grid that will better protect Texans from more energy crises.

Read more about the legislative outcome. 

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Photo: Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger, photographed here in 2011, has worked on energy issues in Texas for more than two decades. Credit: Staff

Mary Katherine Moore
Content Creator

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.