This summer, as warm temperatures put pressure on our state’s electricity grid, Texas officials continue to reflect on the important lessons we learned from winter storm Uri. One of them may be above the others: preparing for the unexpected is a daily commitment. We cannot adequately manage crises if we do not constantly assess and invest in the resources and infrastructure necessary to protect our energy systems.
Nowhere was this truth more evident this year than in our state’s electricity grid. Demand for electricity has risen sharply as temperatures plummeted in February. As millions of Texans lost electricity, they lost the ability to heat their homes and stay safe amid some of the lowest temperatures our state has seen in decades.