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Texas Republicans target renewable energy

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Texas uses more electricity. Wednesday's electrical demand in the state topped 80,000 megawatts. In addition, demand has exceeded forecasts 11 times this year.

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People in Texas may turn on their air conditioners this week, if the weather permits.

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Reducing power use during a heat wave was recommended by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

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Renewable energy is a hot election year subject as the grid creaks and groans under pressure, and the horrific systemic failures of 2021 are still fresh in everyone's mind.

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Texas Republicans, assisted by conservative media, criticize renewable energy whenever convenient.

"Right-wing media mock Texas renewables."

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Conservative newspapers like the Washington Times and Fox reported last week that the "windmill-reliant electrical infrastructure" was "straining" when the wind was low.

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A Wall Street Journal editorial last Friday claimed: that "unreliable renewable energy" causes power disruptions in Texas.

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Solar and wind's position in Texas' energy mix is unclear. Some days wind and solar save the grid, while low wind and cloud cover cause problems.

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Wind and solar power are providing an adequate amount of energy to ERCOT this summer, despite the claims of Republicans.

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During the first half of 2018, wind and solar combined provided the grid with 36 percent of the power it needed.

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In mid-June, wind provided approximately 40% of the state's electricity. In Texas, solar capacity has tripled since last summer.

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