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Institutional Investors Call on Texas Leaders to Ensure a Level Playing Field for All Energy Resources, Scrap Anti-Renewable Proposals

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Vice President of Communications American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

Alex Hobson is currently the Vice President of Communications at the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). Previously, Alex served as the Senior Communications Manager for the Solar...

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In a letter sent today to the Governor of Texas Greg Abbott, Chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas Peter Lake, and other Texas legislative and regulatory leaders, the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (PREF) urged policymakers to focus on proposals that truly enhance electric reliability and avoid anti-renewable proposals that would significantly undermine business investment in Texas.
 
The U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance is an affiliation of leading companies that have invested tens of billions of dollars in energy infrastructure in Texas and are part of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).
 
“Renewable energy development is currently providing more than $270 million in state, local and property tax revenues this year, along with lease payments to farmers, ranchers and other landowners totaling over $140 million,” wrote ACORE President and CEO Gregory Wetstone. “These revenue streams, which help fund school districts and local governments across the state, are being placed at risk by policy proposals now under consideration.”
 
“For example, assigning ancillary service costs exclusively or disproportionately to renewable generators would significantly undermine business investment in Texas. Renewable energy provides affordable electricity that saves consumers money and has proven less susceptible to climate-induced weather extremes than thermal generation, such as natural gas, coal or nuclear power. […] Rather than improving grid reliability, retroactively changing renewable project economics risks driving existing generation offline, exacerbating the very problem that needs to be solved,” Wetstone continued.
 
The renewable energy sector employs tens of thousands of Texans and has generated more than $70 billion in new investment capital across the Lone Star State.

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Bob Meinetz on Aug 9, 2021

"Renewable energy provides affordable electricity that...has proven less susceptible to climate-induced weather extremes than...nuclear power."

Alex, in February half of wind turbines (>5000) in ERCOT were frozen for days - producing nothing.

One Texas nuclear reactor of four was down for a period of thirty hours, when the issue was permanently repaired.

Weatherproofing each wind turbine will cost ~$10,000/turbine, or $100 million, a price paid by ERCOT ratepayers.
 

Sounds like ACORE wants anything but a level playing field - like it wants to expand upon the luxurious ITC handout renewables already receive, for what? Intermittent, unpredictable  energy that represents the antithesis of reliability, that is 100%-reliant on natural gas-fired power to come to its aid when the wind isn't blowing?

ACORE seeks to advance not clean energy, but the wealth of venture capitalists, at the expense of Texas ratepayers and the environment.

 

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Michael Keller on Aug 16, 2021

Seems to me, green energy needs to pay for the disruptive financial impacts of their unreliable technologies, as opposed to foisting these costs on the consumer and other generating facilities. 
I agree with Bob.

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