Grid Problems in Texas Won’t Be Solved by More Subsidies and Mandates for Wind and Solar

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Freezing temperatures and strong storms led to widespread blackouts in Texas over the weekend, with more than 4 million Texans living without power.

Director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment Myron Ebell said:

“Texas utility regulators have been trying to figure out how to avoid blackouts in the summer when demand is high and the wind seldom blows.  It is now apparent that they should also have been planning for the occasional blizzard when windmills freeze and natural gas plants shut down. But the climate industrial complex keeps demanding more and more subsidies and mandates for wind and solar power, which undermine the reliability of the grid.”