Texas seceded from the nation’s grid. We paid a price.

We enjoyed cheap electricity but never prepared for the worst, says historian Julie A. Cohn

From my chilly living room, I can reflect on Texas’s unique approach to power systems and simply hope we will learn quickly from the catastrophe.

Julie A. Cohn is a historian of energy, technology and the environment, affiliated with both the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute and the University of Houston’s Center for Public History.
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Ihouston sit in front of my gas fireplace, wearing multiple layers of clothing, sipping a hot beverage, waiting for the end of the winter storm and contemplating the grid — the term we use to describe the collection of generating plants, transmission...

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