En­ergy firms, politi­cians take steps to­ward future

Austin American-Statesman - - VIEWPOINTS -

Re: Aug. 22 ar­ti­cle, “As al­ter­na­tive en­ergy ex­pands, util­i­ties weigh plant shut­downs.”

En­ergy has been a driv­ing force for our civ­i­liza­tion, es­pe­cially dur­ing the In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion. We have big power plants sup­ply­ing us re­li­able en­ergy for our var­i­ous needs. We have also learned the con­se­quences of burn­ing fos­sil fu­els, with the ef­fects on global warm­ing. This is why many util­i­ties have re­vised their busi­ness mod­els to in­clude more al­ter­na­tive sources of en­ergy.

Austin En­ergy gets a quar­ter of its power from re­new­able sources and is work­ing to­ward a higher goal. Power firms across the U.S. can use their ex­per­tise, in­vest in con­ser­va­tion and re­search and find eco­nom­i­cally vi­able so­lu­tions to pro­vide en­ergy while grow­ing prof­itably. The bi­par­ti­san Cli­mate So­lu­tions Cau­cus in the U.S. House is now 52 mem­bers strong and de­ter­mined to find ways to ad­dress en­ergy needs in ways that will re­duce health risks and pro­tect our na­tion’s se­cu­rity, in­fra­struc­ture and agri­cul­ture. KALPANA SUTARIA, AUSTIN

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