For the past seven days, a winter storm has rocked the state of Texas. Millions of people spent days without power as the unanticipated cold snap brought deadly outages to the state’s electrical grid. But why Texas? What made this winter storm so catastrophic for them, while the rest of the country largely persisted? And what can states do to protect against these disasters in the future? Today, we talk through these questions and more with Jesse Jenkins, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment whose research focuses on macro-scale energy systems and the electricity sector.
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