By\u00a0Mitchell Ferman\r\nTexas electricity regulators told the public Thursday that their electricity should likely stay on through the rest of the summer and that the state\u2019s main power grid is in good enough shape to withstand any potential extreme weather.\r\nWith warmer weather expected as soon as next week, Peter Lake, chair of the Public Utility Commission,\u00a0which oversees the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, said his agency and ERCOT are working through the rest of the summer with \u201can abundance of caution\u201d by calling on more reserve power when warmer weather arrives and Texans crank up their air conditioning.\r\nLake, speaking at a news conference alongside interim ERCOT President Brad Jones, said the approach is a departure from the way the Texas electricity market has historically operated \u2014 cheap power being the first priority and \u201creliability second.\u201d\r\nThat order is being reversed, Lake said.\r\nAnother key step regulators plan to take to implement the reversal is providing economic incentives for reliable electricity, which Texans will likely pay for, Lake said. He didn\u2019t elaborate on what form those incentives might take or how they\u2019d be financed.\r\n\u201cWhat does that look like in practice?\u201d Lake said. \u201cWe don\u2019t know yet.\u201d\r\nThursday was the second\u00a0time\u00a0in two weeks the interim president of ERCOT and the new chair of the PUC appeared publicly together, as they attempt to assure the public that power will stay on through the rest of the summer after a disastrous collapse of the grid during a winter storm in February.\r\nMillions of Texans lost power for days in subfreezing temperatures when the state was blanketed with cold weather. About 702 people died as a result of the storm, according to mortality data\u00a0compiled by BuzzFeed News.\r\nAt the time, state leaders underplayed the threat of the power failure to the public. ERCOT and the PUC are seeking to remedy that.\r\nBut communicating with a public that now has little trust in the state\u2019s electricity system is challenging, Lake said.\r\nRegulators are working hard to earn Texans\u2019 trust \u201cthrough more extensive communication, more clarity in our communication to make sure that the message that we\u2019re sending translates clearly from a very complex grid-management operation to language that everyday folks will understand,\u201d Lake said. \u201cAnd that\u2019s no small task.\u201d\r\nThis story originally published by the Texas Tribune.