Texas cold snap highlights need for improved power systems

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With extreme weather events rising in frequency, the need for a prepared modern energy grid grows.

The greatest demand for electricity in Texas is traditionally during the hottest days of the year, when air conditioners turn on full blast to beat the heat. But in February 2021, an unusually long spell of cold weather took the region by surprise. It resulted in high demand for electricity, more than 4.5 million Texans losing power, 210 deaths and direct economic costs estimated at $15–$27 billion.
Texas’s event made news for its terrible societal and economic impact. Researchers from the U.S. …

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