The Texas energy crisis outages left millions without power during a winter storm last month. Some experts say better preparation by energy producers could have helped reduce the impact of the crisis or avert it entirely.
Dr. David Tuttle, a research associate at the University of Texas at Austin’s Energy Institute, says energy producers failed to weatherize their equipment despite prior warnings. Producers can weatherize natural gas and coal plants, wind turbines, and natural gas wells to protect them from cold weather.
“There are things that can be done, but it will cost some money,” said Tuttle. “About every decade we have these long-sustained periods. And then, you know weatherization is supposed to happen, and then it doesn’t because it costs money.”