Statement From Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE):
“As Texas lawmakers convene in Austin today for a special legislative session, it is imperative that state leaders support policies that truly ensure electric reliability and a level playing field for all energy resources.
“Despite unequivocal evidence to the contrary, the recent letter from Governor Abbott to the Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUC) continues to scapegoat renewables for reliability issues in the Lone Star State. This narrative has been widely discredited, including by the Texas grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council on Texas (ERCOT). The governor’s cost allocation directive to the state PUC would unfairly impose significant new costs on renewable energy projects, and erode the state’s business appeal to investors who have spent tens of billions in recent years to develop Texas’ abundant renewable energy resources. Renewable projects provide affordable power that saves consumers money, and they have proven less susceptible to the impacts of climate-induced weather extremes than fossil-fired or nuclear power plants. The state should be focused on ensuring these dangerous blackouts never happen again, not perpetuating falsehoods about one of its greatest assets.”
For more than 20 years, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) has been the nation’s premier pan-renewable nonprofit organization. ACORE unites finance, policy and technology to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy. For more information, please visit www.acore.org.
Alex Hobson, Vice President of Communications, ACORE
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