This week we are tasking members of the Legislature to take a more realistic and practical approach to fixing the state’s energy grid than ever before. No, we’re prodding them, because inaction on the structural problems that plague our grid has become an Austin trademark. They, along with Governors and Lt. Governors have been kicking this can down the road for over ten years.
Now we face an aging grid that is flirting with failure just as people are moving to our state in droves and energy demand is on the rise dramatically. It will take four years to bring new thermal plants (non renewables) on line, and that’s if supply chains are functioning.
But we say what Mission Control said: failure is not an option.
This will take real leadership to solve. Previous Senate Bills did NOT. So enough with good ole’ boy politics and Green New Deal boondoggles. Neither a hide bound, nor a “Progressive” approach will win the day for consumers and ratepayers. We need a clear eyed, radical rethinking of our grid, and the grit and determination to see it through, before we allow lack of leadership to make Texas’ electricity as expensive and unreliable as California’s.
Texas Fights Outloud offers several points of consideration that we want reflected in legislation in this session.
Eliminate subsidies for renewable energy
Make wind and solar generators pay for the reliability costs they impose on the grid
Ensure that customers pay only for the energy supplied to them, not the energy transmitted
Reimburse consumers for ERCOT’s gross mismanagement of the Uri Storm grid failure
Incentivize grid operators to build more generation by levying a small fee on consumers
Allow utilities to face penalties and legal liability for grid failures
Prohibit ERCOT brokering contracts in the wholesale electricity market
Eliminate the PUC and Railroad Commission’s authority to manipulate market prices
Create a Texas Energy Commission that combines the PUC and the Railroad Commission
Read the blog post on the Bob Jones Show webpage. Educate yourself. Then write. Call. Show up on their doorstep. Make a fuss before they make even more of a mess! And don’t forget to tell ‘em Texas Fights Outloud sent you.
ENERGY RESOURCES COMMITTEE MEMBERS (just a few—there are 11 in all)
Rep. Abel Herrero
101 East Main Avenue
Robstown, Texas 78380
Rep. Ron Reynolds
2440 Texas Parkway, Suite 102
Missouri City, Texas 77489
Rep. Ben Leman
401 South Austin Street
Brenham, Texas 77833
Rep. Tom Craddick
500 West Texas, Suite 880
Midland, TX 79701
Rep. Drew Darby
36 W. Beauregard Suite 517
San Angelo, TX 76903
Rep. Tracy King
5500 S. Zapata Highway
Building F, Room 130
Laredo, Texas 78046