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:
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
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
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
Texas, the go-it-alone state, is rattled by the failure to keep the lights on
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
Five things to know about Texas’s strained electric grid
February 16, 2021
Opinion: What went wrong with Texas’s power failure and how to fix it
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
Texas snowstorm wreaks havoc on state power grid
A&M expert: Statewide energy generation not well designed for “super low temperatures”