Lessons Learned from the 2021 Texas Blackout, Implications for Ohio, and Paths Forward for Emergency Management and Disaster Planning
- May 19, 2021 9:46 pm GMT
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Michael J. Zimmer, Gilbert Michaud, & David Jenkins
In February of 2021, an extreme winter storm, dubbed as “Winter Storm Uri,” left millions of Texans without power for days, resulting in at least 70 deaths. While Texas Governor Greg Abbott was quick to turn this crisis into a strife with renewable energy, blaming it on an over-reliance on wind energy, other leaders in the state, such as Senator Ted Cruz, thought it was more productive to flee to Mexico. Despite these narratives and challenges, it is clear that reduced output from all generation sources in Texas resulted in the blackout, while the continued use of misinformation, as well as the general lack of leadership, proved to exacerbate the crisis.
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