Texans will be “relying on the breath of God to keep the lights on,” he said in an interview this past week on the sidelines of CERAWeek by S&P Global in Houston. “We will be depending on wind and sun.”
Months ahead of summer, Texas is again bracing for stretches when its power grid is tested by significant electric demand during the hot and humid days of June, July and August. That uncertainty has contributed to a debate that’s rippled through the state about the dependability of its power resources.
While Abbott has been critical of renewables in the aftermath of the deadly February 2021 blackouts amid a historic freeze, solar and wind proponents instead have pointed to fossil fuels as the primary culprit for the grid’s collapse.
Lake has held meetings to discuss the potential of small nuclear reactors, which he said will be critical in the state “if the federal government is going to force feed us clean air emissions.” These meetings come as clean-power developers flock to Texas to build even more solar power.
Small nuclear reactors hold “tremendous promise and it’s really a necessity,” Lake said.