What will it take to create a truly reliable, net-zero-carbon energy supply?

The story of the tragic 2021 blackouts in Texas isn’t about wind power versus natural gas. It’s not about ‘greedy utilities’ versus the people. It’s not even about the wonky details of how electricity markets are designed by the Texas power grid operator (the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council of Texas, or ERCOT).

The real story is about the value of electric reliability, and the difficulty of securing it in a changing energy system. Texas has shone a spotlight on the acute challenge of ensuring reliabity through a major…

Andy Lubershane

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