On a High Note: Wind and Solar Are Winning and Keeping Texans Cool
Like much of the country, Texas is hotter than usual this June, with temperatures in the triple-digits -- and it’s not even the first time this year. As electricity demand sets new records, the state’s solar and wind power are keeping the grid running. The two renewable sources met nearly 40% of demand during the highest energy needs this weekend. And they aren’t just providing clean energy; they’re also lowering electricity prices because ERCOT isn’t buying as much currently high-priced gas.
Michael Webber, an energy expert and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, told CNN: “Texas is, by rhetoric, anti-renewables. But frankly, renewables are bailing us out. They’re rocking. That really spares us a lot of heartache and a lot of money.”
Despite an aggressively pro-fossil fuel stance of Texas leadership, renewable energy has grown in recent years across the state, especially wind energy. Texas is the top wind-producing state in the country, even without much in the way of state-level support.
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