The Other Solution to Texas’ Woes: Efficiency and Heat Pumps
- Feb 24, 2021 4:45 am GMTMar 1, 2021 1:52 am GMT
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As Texans continue to grapple with the devastation from recent winter storms, it is becoming increasingly clear that the failure of the state’s electric system was caused as much by an exceptional surge in demand for power as it was by a failure of power plants that weren’t equipped to handle the severe weather.
The sweeping blackouts that left millions in life-threatening cold conditions, and enduring burst pipes, flooded homes, and no running water, make it clear that policy makers across the country must act now to prevent future extreme weather events from breaking our energy infrastructure and leading to similar public safety crises elsewhere. Fortunately, home weatherization and modern super-efficient heating technology are powerful tools that can ease the stress on the electric grid and help Americans stay safe and comfortable in today’s increasingly extreme climate.