Published February 19, 2021
MSN ran a story from Popular Science reporting on the factors, many of which have been years in the making, that led to the power outages in Texas. “In all my studies and my discussions with utilities, I have found that there is a false sense of security,” says Sayanti Mukherjee, an energy grid expert and assistant professor in UB’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Mukherjee says that most utilities don’t incorporate climate resilience into their plans. “It’s time that climate resilience is put into practice and more attention given to this sort of planning.”
TEF reported that power plants can be built to be resistant to snow, but areas that rarely experience extreme cold and heavy snowfall don’t usually invest in those measures. “It’s time that climate resilience is put into practice and more attention given to this sort of planning,” says Mukherjee.