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FERC Study: Solar Remained a Reliable Electricity Source During Texas Blackouts

Thursday, Sep 23 2021

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state and regulatory affairs on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) report on the February 2021 blackouts in Texas. 

“Even during record-breaking low temperatures in Texas, solar assets performed as expected during the February 2021 Texas blackout. Solar remains a predictable, reliable and affordable clean energy source that grid operators across the country can use to their strategic advantage. Especially when paired with storage, solar can provide backup power and keep the lights on for homes, businesses, and critical infrastructure. 

“The Texas blackouts call attention to the need to rapidly transition to reliable clean energy sources like solar and storage to minimize grid disruptions and boost our resilience. The effects of climate change are only going to worsen over time, and that means real impacts to family and loved ones. We must act quickly to diversify our energy sources, invest in transmission, and weatherize critical grid infrastructure. 

“Solar and storage will be a big part of the solution in Texas, and we look forward to working with state and federal leaders to continue to make it easier and faster to get solar projects online.” 


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About SEIA®: 

The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) is leading the transformation to a clean energy economy, creating the framework for solar to achieve 20% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies and other strategic partners to fight for policies that create jobs in every community and shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power. Founded in 1974, SEIA is the national trade association for the solar and solar + storage industries, building a comprehensive vision for the Solar+ Decade through research, education and advocacy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org and follow @SEIA on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

Media Contact: 

Jen Bristol, SEIA's Director of Communications, [email protected] (202) 556-2886

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