Winter Storm Uri and the Texas Power Outages: Lessons Learned and Legislative Responses

  • a Virtual Setting
  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Winter Storm Uri and the Texas Power Outages: Lessons Learned and Legislative Responses

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 9:00 am PDT, 10:00 am MDT, 11:00 am CDT, 12:00 pm EDT for 1.5 hours 
Member: $55 | Nonmember: $75 | Government: $60 | Nonprofit: $60 | RMMLF Student Members: Complimentary

Our expert speakers will provide an overview of the forensic analysis of what happened leading up to and during the historic Texas power outages and the lessons to be learned from Winter Storm Uri. The presenters will also provide a detailed summary of the comprehensive legislative reforms passed by the Texas legislature in response to the storm and the regulatory and market reforms already underway at the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).  Among the specific issues that will be addressed are the following: 
  • What happened, who was ready, who wasn’t, and why.
  • A rundown on the financial winners and losers and how ratepayers may be impacted now and over the long term.
  • How Texas public officials are responding to ensure the reliability and resilience of the Texas grid is improved and ratepayers are protected
  • Why the cautionary tale of the Texas power outages should inform national policy debates. 

MICHAEL J. NASI, Partner, Environmental & Legislative Practice Group, Jackson Walker LLP, Austin, TX 
BRENT BENNETT, PhD, Policy Director, Life:Powered, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Austin, TX