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Energy Institute Experts Offer Preliminary Analysis of the Effect of Historic Winter Storm on Texas’ Power Grid

Published: February 16, 2021
Energy Digitization

In an opinion article published in the Houston Chronicle and titled, “Opinion: What went wrong with Texas’s power failure and how to fix it,” Energy Institute Faculty Affiliates Le Xie, Mark Barteau, Chanan Singh, and Efstratios Pistikopoulos indicate “several key factors may have contributed to this historic power outage.”

In short, the group of experts suggests four actions to better prepare the Texas grid for the future:

  • Winterization of infrastructure and wind turbines.
  • Investments in High Voltage DC connections with the Eastern and Western interconnections.
  • Regulatory and market design for better demand response.
  • Strategic energy storage reserves.

Read the full article in the Houston Chronicle at:

Other Contributions

In the days following the onset of the winter storm, Texas A&M Energy Institute Faculty Affiliates provided expert opinions and analysis to a number of media outlets. Here is a sampling of the appearances.

February 24, 2021

Never Again: 4 Steps Texas Needs To Take To Prevent Another Power Crisis

February 20, 2021

Washington Examiner
Texas crisis a wake-up call for the power grid

February 19, 2021

NPR All Things Considered
How Texas Could Address Its Energy Infrastructure Going Forward

Washington Examiner
Here’s why gas and coal went offline during the Texas cold-weather catastrophe

A&M experts on ERCOT: “We should not rush” to assign blame

February 18, 2021

Washington Post
Texas, the go-it-alone state, is rattled by the failure to keep the lights on

Washington Post
Texas’s cold-weather catastrophe is a global warning

A&M expert “doesn’t think” lack of power plant inspections caused more issues

February 17, 2021

3 ways Texas could avoid another electricity crisis

The Hill
Five things to know about Texas’s strained electric grid

February 16, 2021

Houston Chronicle
Opinion: What went wrong with Texas’s power failure and how to fix it

Texas Tribune
Texas largely relies on natural gas for power. It wasn’t ready for the extreme cold.

New York Times
Mapping the Winter Storm’s Impact

The Hill
Texas snowstorm wreaks havoc on state power grid

A&M expert: Statewide energy generation not well designed for “super low temperatures”