• Steve Eberly

Renewables Help Keep Us Powered Up When We Need if Most!

As we celebrate the joys of summer – long evenings, cookouts, and time with family – it’s also good to reflect on our energy security that is literally fueled, in part, by renewable sources.

For Hoosiers, the month of July always brings the heat and humidity. Now, more than ever, the demand for energy means that we must keep modernizing our electrical grid to anticipate future needs.


So far, the grid failures that made news in past years appear to be a thing of the past. Reports indicate that wind and solar sources in Texas are playing an important role in meeting demand.


One University of Texas professor and energy expert points out that “renewables are bailing us out” and that this “really spares us a lot of heartache and a lot money." That goes hand-in-hand with zero-carbon electricity sources like wind, solar, and nuclear energy powering about 38 percent of the state’s needs in 2021 – almost as much as natural gas!


Renewables are part of the “all of the above” energy solution that supports American energy independence and helps to keep the lights on

Even Fox News is reporting on the outstanding performance by renewable energy in Texas, noting that regulators there are anticipating that “new wind and solar power plants added over the past year will increase resources this summer to more than 91,300 megawatts” in Texas. In other words, renewables are part of the “all of the above” energy solution that supports American energy independence and helps to keep the lights on.


Indiana is on a great track at this time to enable solar energy, and lots of it. To keep up with demand, we have more than 120 renewable energy projects that are either operational or in development throughout Indiana. And more are on the way.


Both conservative and more liberal media are reporting similar results. Our summers are hotter and winters are totally less predictable. We need all of our energy resources -- and thankfully, we in Indiana continue to bring more renewables online to do far more than just keep the lights on.


Safety and security for all of those we care about, during long summer weekends and far beyond that.