Understanding the Texas Blackouts: What Lessons Can We Learn?

Feb 25

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Energy production facility sits in the background with snow falling around it. Duke EI and Niskanen logos sit to the right of the RSVP link. Text: Understanding the Texas Blackouts: What lessons can we learn? Thursday 2/25 1-2 p.m. ET. Panelists: William Hogan, Harvard University. Dalia Patino-Echeverri, Duke University. Liza Reed, Niskanen Center. Michael Webber, Uni Texas Austin. Moderated by: Joseph Majkut (Niskanen Center) & Brian Murray (Duke University)

Last week, an extreme cold front swept through the middle of the country, and we witnessed residents of Texas experience tragic impacts as the state's grid was subject to lengthy blackouts. In the early days of the disaster, politicians' and commentators' efforts to explain these infrastructure failures frequently veered toward hot takes and misdiagnoses. Meanwhile, some customers are now confronting exorbitant power bills in the wake of the disaster. As more and more Texans regain access to essential services, we want to take a measured look at the factors that contributed to the situation and what lessons decision-makers can learn from the crisis. How can authorities in Texas (and beyond) ensure infrastructure resilience and protect communities in the future? This Thursday (2/25), the Niskanen Center and the Duke University Energy Initiative will co-host a live briefing that will cover what happened in Texas and what can be learned to prevent similar events in the future, both in the particular case of Texas and beyond. **Registration required: https://bit.ly/txblackout ** Panelists: -- William Hogan, Harvard University -- Dalia Patiño-Echeverri, Duke University -- Liza Reed, Niskanen Center -- Michael Webber, University of Texas at Austin Moderators: -- Joseph Majkut, Niskanen Center -- Brian Murray, Duke University