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282. Texas Winter Blackouts, Renewable Energy to Blame?

February 19, 2021

Brent Bennett, a policy director at the Texas Public Policy Foundation joins the show to talk about the recent snowstorm, cold weather, and the resulting blackouts that recently occurred in Texas.

The Heartland Institute's Donald Kendal and Jim Lakely are joined by Isaac Orr and Brent Bennett in episode 282 of the In The Tank Podcast. Brent Bennett, a policy director at the Texas Public Policy Foundation joins the show to talk about the recent snowstorm, cold weather, and the resulting blackouts that recently occurred in Texas. Just how much of this problem can be attributed to renewable energy penetration in the Lone Star State?

TPPF - Here’s How the Texas Energy Grid Fell Short
https://www.texaspolicy.com/heres-how-the-texas-energy-grid-fell-short/

TPPF - Correcting the Record: Why Texas’ Blackouts Occurred
https://www.texaspolicy.com/correcting-the-record-why-texas-blackouts-occurred/

Austin American-Statesman – Frozen wind turbines hamper Texas power output, state’s electric grid operator says\
https://www.statesman.com/story/news/2021/02/14/historic-winter-storm-freezes-texas-wind-turbines-hampering-electric-generation/4483230001/

Austin American-Statesman - Texas power grid operators start rotating blackouts as state sets record high power demand
https://www.statesman.com/story/news/2021/02/14/texas-weather-rolling-blackouts-power-outage-winter-storm/4485015001/

Forbes (Robert Bryce) - This Blizzard Exposes The Perils Of Attempting To ‘Electrify Everything’
https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertbryce/2021/02/15/this-blizzard-exposes-the-perils-of-attempting-to-electrify-everything/?sh=6b3211327e15

Reason - Renewable Energy Is Not the Chief Cause of Texas' Power Outages
https://reason.com/2021/02/16/renewable-energy-is-not-the-chief-cause-of-texas-power-outages/

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Donald Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute, a research fellow for Heartland's "Stopping Socialism" project, and the host of Heartland's In the Tank Podcast and Stopping Socialism TV.
dkendal@heartland.org @InTheTankPod
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Jim Lakely is the Vice President and Director of Communications of The Heartland Institute.
jlakely@heartland.org @jlakely
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Isaac Orr is a policy fellow at the Center of the American Experiment on mining and energy issues and a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute.
isaac.orr@americanexperiment.org @thefrackingguy