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By Dr. Anna Broughel (Tetra Tech) and Dr. Dawud Ansari (DIW Berlin)

"Texas’ freeze and the consequent human suffering have left the country in shock. While the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has announced its return to normal operations, the nation, and its experts are busy assessing the damage, looking for perpetrators, and finding ways to move forward...." Read more.
Question 1: Despite the different policies of Texas and California, are there common threads of policy improvements that could be made in both, and other, states to anticipate "wildcard" events and increase the resiliency of the grid? Reply

Question 2: Are preparedness policies better left to the individual states or should there be federal guidelines? Reply
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Energy Institute at Haas
February 26, 2021
Institute for Energy Research
March 1, 2021
National Regulatory Research Institute
March 9, 2021
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Ongoing Discussion
OurEnergyPolicy is calling for guiding principles for sound energy policy in an ongoing initiative including last month's webinar. Make your voice heard in our online discussion.

Comments from two of our experts:
"Sound energy policy over the long term recognizes the critical necessity to transform every country to a clean-energy system that as a whole will prevent the catastrophic global consequences of unhalted global warming."
- Henry Golberg, Consultant, Independent
"In the pursuit of a low-carbon future and in order to do this emphasizing environmental justice, I suggest the following [6]:
1. Select a low carbon future that is the least cost energy future. There is no justice in having a green new deal which many lower-income people can not afford.
2. Insist on a highly reliable system. Low reliability systems would drive away business and jobs. Fewer jobs disproportionately harm lower income people...."
- Herschel Specter, President, Micro-Utilities, Inc.
See the online discussion for all of the comments.
What guiding principles would you suggest or what advice would you give?
Congressional Update

Featured New Legislation

Thurs, March 4

Wed, March 3 - Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA-03) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) led introduction of the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Investment and Market Expansion Act (H.R.1542), which would expand access to higher blends of biofuels.

Tues, March 2 - Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) introduced the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act (H.R.1512).

See more in next week's newsletter.
Ongoing Discussion
Comment in our online discussion on long-duration energy storage, stemming from our recent webinar.
"Discussions of energy storage tend to focus on the most ubiquitous technology—lithium-ion batteries. There are two good reasons: they have proven reliability and they provide low-mass high-energy density storage.... However, for stationary storage, which is needed to make wind and solar power viable for base-load applications, lithium has several drawbacks...."
- Michael Lubell, Professor, City College of City University of New York
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