When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time outdoors. Much of it alone, or at least without adult supervision. My Dad believed that I should have certain skills, and one of the skills he taught me was to build a fire, If you're cold, build a fire.
I love Texas. I think that it is a great state, full of hope and promise If Belle hadn't found me when she did, I"d likely be in Texas right now. Somewhere between Austin and Fort Hood. It's beautiful country, well-watered, and very amenable to living. But Texas forgot how to build a fire.
Can you make electricity with a solar panel? Sure you can, that's not new technology. You can do lots of things with the power of the sun, when the sun is shining. Can you use a windmill to generate power? Sure, that's not new either. As long as the temperatures are moderate, you can use the wind for lots of things.
But, when it gets cold, you need to build a fire. It makes no sense to be so reliant on wind or solar that you can't generate electricity when it is dark or cold. You still need the ability to build a fire. With coal, or gas, or oil, a fire will generate electricity in the dark and the cold. Texas is learning that lesson this week. I understand that their governor waants emergency hearings in Austin next week, and that's good.
Wind an solar work great, right up to the minute when they don't. Build a fire.