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Texas Republicans criticized for misleading claims that renewable energy sources caused massive outages

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other Republicans are seeking to deflect blame, misleadingly pointing to renewable energy sources including wind and solar power as the culprits of the state's massive power outages, as millions of the state's residents face below-freezing temperatures without power or running water.

(CNN)Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other Republicans are seeking to deflect blame, misleadingly pointing to renewable energy sources including wind and solar power as the culprits of the state's massive power outages, as millions of the state's residents face below-freezing temperatures without power or running water.

Early in the crisis, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages the state's power grid, said that frozen wind turbines and limited natural gas supplies had caused higher-than-normal power generation outages; since then, additional failures sharply worsened the outages.

He said it is "disingenuous to blame the grid's struggles" on renewable energy, which makes up a relatively small share of the state's energy supply.

"Planners aren't expecting wind and solar to carry the lion's share on the hottest hours of the summer or on the coldest hours of the winter," Cohan said, pointing to Texas power grid managers' planning documents, which show the state expecting to rely much more heavily on natural gas in the winter.

When weather conditions get bad as they did this week, intermittent renewable energy like wind isn't there when you need it," Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw said in a Twitter thread discussing the outages, in which he listed wind failures as the top factor.

Rick Perry, the former Texas governor and former President Donald Trump's energy secretary, said the state's residents would be willing to endure blackouts to keep federal regulators from new oversight of the Texas grid.

For his part, Abbott has called for reforms of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the non-profit that manages majority of the state's power grid making it an emergency issue for the 2021 Texas state legislative session.

Some Democrats pointed to those tweets and said Texas Republicans should support other states when they face crises.

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