Texas, residence of the U.S. oil and fuel trade, has grow to be a clear vitality superpower. The state already leads the nation in wind-power era and photo voltaic is booming. Final yr, Texas generated extra electrical energy from renewable vitality sources than from coal.

Now, because the coronavirus pandemic delivers a blow to the state’s struggling oil and fuel trade, wind and photo voltaic manufacturing stay on a trajectory for continued document progress. The rise of renewable vitality isn’t the one notable change going down in Texas, the state’s politics seem like shifting too. Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden is polling very near President Trump, who swept the state in 2016. 

How did Texas grow to be a clear vitality chief? What are the politics behind this rise? And what are the politics in Texas more likely to be extra broadly going ahead? May a rising inexperienced economic system flip this crimson state blue?

Political Local weather speaks to Pat Wooden, former head of the Texas Public Utility Fee named by Governor George W. Bush and former chairman of the Federal Vitality Regulatory Fee, the place he led FERC’s responses to the 2000-2001 California vitality disaster and the 2003 Northeastern energy blackout. Wooden compares the Texas and California vitality programs and weighs in on the Golden State’s latest blackouts.

Lastly, co-hosts Brandon Hurlbut and Shane Skelton make a brand new election wager.

Beneficial studying: 

Dallas Observer: Texas Produced Extra Vitality from Renewable Sources Than Coal Final 12 months
GTM: Texas Is the Middle of the World Company Renewable Vitality Market
Publish and Courier: All electrical energy clients can profit from competitors
Reuters: As Trump falters, Democrats and Biden eye an elusive prize: Texas
GTM: California’s Shift From Pure Gasoline to Photo voltaic Is Taking part in a Position in Rolling Blackouts

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