Secure an independent review of how growth challenges our grid.
Of course, Texas oil and gas interests should have a seat at the table, but
they should not have a monopoly on all the seats. This recent article in the
Dallas Morning News gives you a bird's eye view of just whose
recommendations will be used in the 2023 legislative session by legislators
to address upgrading and securing the Texas grid.
This is an elite group of people in the industry – consumer advocates need
not apply. The plan was NOT vetted by public eyes even though the
Legislature will be using this plan to guide them! Of special note to us in
HD 17 is the Chairman, Phil Wilson. Wilson has been attached at the hip
to Rick Perry (my Republican opponent's paymaster) for decades, starting
with his appointment as Texas Secretary of State. Wilson is the CEO of the
LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority), which is engaged in groundwater
water grabs on HD17's ground water supply. Landowners and aquifer
sustainability be damned.
The over-arching arm of state government to pick the winners and losers in
our supposedly “free-market” economy is rampant. We saw this after the
grid’s collapse in February 2021 with the Governor’s and others’ statements
about renewables being the source of the problem when it was a problem
with facilities using natural gas.
Is there any policy issue in Texas sacred from two party power politics?
This is becoming a question of life and death here in Texas.