Energy efficiency and cogeneration

Texas frozen over and without electricity. How would microgrids have been able to help?

Elisa Wood - Editor in Chief, Microgrid Knowledge

In February 2021, Texas was hit by a violent ice and snow storm that dealt a blow to the State’s electricity and water grids, causing very serious damage and claiming many victims. What happened in Texas could occur pretty much anywhere, since centralized electrical systems are fragile and subject to sudden interruptions. In these situations, microgrids can become a valuable ally because they enable local energy production and, most importantly, they can be disconnected from the central grid in case of blackouts so they can operate independently. Even though the benefits are well known, in the USA microgrids are not yet common and do not receive support at the State level.

  • Publication date: 30/03/2021
  • Original language: English
  • Origin: United States
  • Duration: 0:06:11