PODCAST March 02, 2021

Alternative Power Plays: Lessons from the Energy Catastrophe in Texas: How Facilities Can Increase their Energy Reliability & Safety

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The recent unprecedented snowfall and frigid temperatures wreaked havoc on Texas' energy infrastructure, leaving millions across the state without power and heat for hours, or in many cases, days at a time.

Many of the state's nuclear, gas, coal, wind and solar generating facilities were unable to handle the surge in power demand, and because Texas' energy grid is largely separate from neighboring states, Texas could not address this energy crisis by taking from the surrounding regions.

While Texas works its way back from the energy crisis, there are lessons that individual businesses can take away from this catastrophic event and increase the reliability and resiliency of their electric supply despite severe weather emergencies.

In a recently recorded episode of Alternative Power Plays - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's newest podcast all about the innovative ways in which businesses are getting electricity to their facilities, buildings and other sites - Buchanan energy attorneys Alan Seltzer and John Povilaitis discuss a specialized form of electric supply known as combined heat and power (CHP). CHP systems allow facilities to generate their own safe, reliable and cost-effective electric power without needing to depend exclusively on the electric grid and costly backup generators. They can allow facilities of all types - including hospitals, industrial and manufacturing facilities, universities and colleges, retirement communities, and more - to stay operational, even if the nearby electric grid is down for hours or days.

In this episode, John and Alan discuss the situation in Texas, what went wrong, and how CHP offers facilities a way to protect against some of the uncertainties of relying on the electric grid.

You can listen to Alternative Power Plays in many places: on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyPocket Casts, and more.


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