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.
"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.
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.
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.