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Bills to update Texas power grid 'not enough'

Texas may again face days-long blackouts in the future, despite two bills that were just signed into law, says Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar Dan Cohan. "The bills only really addressed supply, and don’t go far enough," he said. Legislators failed to address electricity demand and transmission — key considerations for keeping the power on during extreme weather, he told Yahoo! News. | June 11, 2021, 3:34 p.m.

Help for underserved communities in flood zones

"We've seen example after example of where lower-income areas [in flood zones] have trouble qualifying for the federal programs," said Jim Blackburn, a Baker Institute Faculty Scholar. But that's about to change, he said, due in part to the Water Resources Development Act. Learn more at Fox17 News. | June 10, 2021, 7:01 a.m.

What's ahead ahead for the natural gas industry?

A new book edited by energy fellows Michelle Michot Foss and Anna Mikulska, as well as energy economist Gürcan Gülen, details the complexities of natural gas markets, where the drive for decarbonization and the need for human and economic development often collide. “Monetizing Natural Gas in the New ‘New Deal’ Economy” is available at Springer.   Learn more about the book at Rice News. | June 8, 2021, 12:30 p.m.

A conversation on the U.S., China and Critical Minerals

China is a leader in the mining and extraction of strategic minerals. No other country, for instance, so clearly dominates the lithium ion battery supply chain. Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy, minerals and materials, joined the La Jolla Conference Deep Dive for a conversation on the concerning imbalance in critical minerals mining, and the road ahead. Watch the recorded Zoom discussion here. | June 4, 2021, 5:38 p.m.