Peter Lake, chair of the Texas Public Utilities Commission, Central, during a news conference with Governor Greg Abbott and representatives from the Texas Division of Emergency Management, ERCOT, in February 2022.

Energy officials say the grid is fine. We should not be sure.

Three days after six power plants faltered in mid-May, prompting calls for Texans to raise thermostats and conserve energy, the chair of the Public Utilities Commission and interim executive director of the Texas Electricity Reliability Council — or ERCOT — insisted that Texans would not. . Experiencing a power outage this summer.

It will take some luck.

Texas’ population and economy continue to grow, but the ability to generate from traditional electricity sources does not. This summer, Texas’ natural gas, coal, nuclear and hydroelectric plants will provide less electricity than they did in 2010 despite the Texas economy growing from $1.25 trillion in 2010 to $2 trillion in 2021. ERCOT has built on growth in the nation of Texas Leading a growing wind energy and solar fleet to support our shaky grid. But there are limitations to wind and solar energy. If the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine, these sources won’t help a crisis. Without cooler-than-normal weather, the ERCOT will be short on power this summer.

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