Preparing electricity networks for extreme climate events: Learnings from California and Texas

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This third Energy Research Institutes Council for Australia (ERICA) webinar hosted by the Australian National University (ANU) Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions will explore the impact of extreme weather events on electricity network.

The last six months have seen both California and Texas plunged into electricity blackouts. In California’s case, these blackouts have been intentional to avoid power infrastructure sparking fires in the drought-ridden region, and are expected to keep occurring in coming months and years. In the case of Texas, the blackout was due to an overloaded electricity system compromised by extreme cold weather.

As such weather events become more extreme and frequent under climate change, how can Australia learn from both these situations to avoid such blackouts here?

Join us to hear from experts discussing what went wrong in California and Texas, and what Australia can do to increase the resilience of its own energy infrastructure and supply.

Speakers (in order of presentation):
- Dr Fereidoon P. Sioshansi, President, Menlo Energy Economics
- Dr Ross Baldick, Emeritus Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
- Dr Elizabeth Ratnam, Senior Lecturer, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Dr Anna Bruce, Senior Lecturer, School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of New South Wales

Moderator: Prof Kenneth Baldwin, Director, ANU Grand Challenge - Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific

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