Renewable Incentives Spark Debate at Texas Hearing

At a state Senate committee hearing Thursday, Public Utility Commission of Texas Chairwoman Donna Nelson sharply criticized renewable energy incentives, saying that they are a key contributor to the current strains on the electric grid.

“Federal incentives for renewable energy, I believe, have distorted the competitive wholesale market” on the Texas grid, Nelson told the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

Nelson said she believes those distortions are “one of the primary causes” of the current strains on the grid, and added: “I think we all need to move with extreme caution before adopting any additional incentives or mandates.”

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