Brent Bennett, PhD, is the policy director for Life:Powered, an initiative of the Texas Public Policy Foundation that reframes the national discussion on energy and the environment. As part of the Life:Powered team, Bennett regularly speaks with policymakers, energy experts, and industry associations across the country.

Thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of SB 3 today. The Life:Powered team and the Texas Public Policy Foundation appreciate the committee’s thoughtful work on this bill as the Legislature converges on a set of solutions to prevent another crisis like the one that befell our electric grid last month. While this bill addresses many factors that precipitated that tragedy, we believe one factor needs to receive more attention: the diminishing quantity of reliable generating capacity in our grid and our increasing reliance on wind and solar generation without an appropriate reliability standard.

Testimony Before the Texas Senate Jurisprudence Committee