Texas Votes for $10 Billion Plan Including Microgrids to Boost Electric System Resilience
On November 8, 2023, Texas voters approved Proposition 7, allocating $10 billion in low-interest loans for new gas power plants, a move criticized as favoring the fossil fuel industry. However, hidden in the legislation was a $2 billion proposal to establish backup microgrids at crucial facilities. Proposed by State Sen. Nathan Johnson, this addresses the extended timeline for new power plants and potential risks from cyberattacks, domestic terror, or extreme weather. The microgrids, comprising small generators using propane or solar with battery backup, aim to provide temporary power for critical facilities during outages. Despite market limitations for such generators, the ballot proposition seeks to bridge the gap, making Texas more resilient to blackouts and stabilizing the overall grid.