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.
Learn more about our 100% Renewable campaign.
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