EAP Exchange: What Went Wrong in Texas? Wisconsin Experts Discuss the Recent Devastating Failure of the Energy System

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On Friday, February 26, 2021, the Energy Analysis and Policy program hosted the first EAP Exchange webinar: “What Went Wrong in Texas? Wisconsin Experts Discuss the Recent Devastating Failure of the Energy System.” Sharing their insights on this topic were:

  • Max Duckworth — Max co-founded MaSa Partners, an impact investment venture that provides capital and advisory services to early-stage companies innovating and disrupting many areas of our lives. Previously, in his “1.0” career, as he calls it, Max was a senior executive at Constellation Energy, the largest power business in the U.S., where he held a number of commercial leadership roles including Head of Trading, Head of Asset Management, and Co-Head of Commodities. Max has also published several papers on climate change and renewable energy policy.
  • Jonathan Martin — No one knows extreme weather better than Dr. Jon Martin, Professor in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. In addition to running an active research group on weather systems, Jon is an award-winning instructor and a local celebrity as one of the “Weather Guys” with regular contributions to Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin State Journal. Jon publishes regularly on topics related to severe weather, and he wrote a widely used textbook on atmospheric dynamics and a forthcoming biography of Reginald Sutcliffe, a mid-20th century British meteorologist, available through Purdue University Press on March 15.
  • Morgan Edwards — From power plant technology to international climate policy, Dr. Morgan Edwards brings an interdisciplinary expertise to complex energy challenges. An Assistant Professor in the University of Wisconsin–Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs, Morgan completed her Ph.D. at MIT and post-doc at the University of Maryland, and she has been recognized with a wide range of awards, including an NSF Fellowship and the MIT Presidential Fellowship. Morgan actively publishes in the areas of energy infrastructure transitions and climate policy.

We encourage attendees to consider donating to support people who are affected by the Texas power outage — this page shares ways you can make an impact.

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