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Winter storm: Texas Legis., PUC must deliver solutions

Gov. Abbott's demands to mandate winterization of the Texas power infrastructure miss the mark, writes Rice faculty scholar Dan Cohan. "Reliable and resilient energy and water systems must prepare for a full spectrum of extremes, not just winter events."  Read Cohan's op-ed in the Houston Chronicle (subscription required). | March 1, 2021, 4:17 p.m.

Will legislators reform Texas' power grid?

"We’re a state with a weak governor system ... and each agency only addresses one piece of the problem," said Rice Faculty Scholar Dan Cohan of last week's catastrophic power failures. "This is going to need a fix from the state Legislature."  Read more at the Austin American-Statesman (free registration required). | Feb. 25, 2021, 3:59 p.m.

The changing climate for U.S. power

Electricity grids and infrastructure must be better equipped for a changing climate or they can have deadly consequences. The crisis gripping Texas' power grid "illustrates the need for our energy systems to be more resilient to extreme weather," Baker Institute faculty scholar Daniel Cohan tells Axios. | Feb. 19, 2021, 1:12 p.m.

Texas paying the price for seceding from U.S. power grid

The state’s unique electrical system worked well for decades — but it wasn’t ready for unexpected cold, writes Center for Energy Studies nonresident scholar and energy historian Julie Cohn. Read more at the Washington Post. | Feb. 17, 2021, 1:12 p.m.