Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates on Wednesday rebuked a claim made a day before by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that put the blame for that state’s massive cold-weather power outage on the failure of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. “You can make sure wind turbines can deal with the cold,” adds Gates. “[The extreme cold] probably wasn’t anticipated for the wind turbines that far South. But the ones up in Iowa and North Dakota do have the ability to not freeze up.” “Actually, the main capacity that’s gone out in Texas is not the wind, it’s actually some of the natural gas plants that were also not ready for the super cold temperatures,” Gates says.
By Max Zahn with Andy Serwer. Yahoo Finance. February 18, 2021.