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Three things every state can learn from the Texas utility meltdown

Late-night hosts and pundits were quick to poke fun at the Texas power system when scenes of winter storm devastation there began rolling in. But the challenges facing Texas are not unique to Texas. Similar organizations control electricity in much of the country, and utilities everywhere face damage from severe storms. The struggles facing Texas today could be yours tomorrow. Director of Energy Studies Ted Kury answers the question: what can we learn from Texas’s woes? See Kury’s three suggestions

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Biden Administration Approved Texas Power Request, Contrary to False Claim

Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Dr. Ted Kury helps inform this fact checking story about the U.S. Department of Energy approving a request to allow power plants in snowstorm-battered Texas to temporarily bypass some environmental limits during its energy crisis, in order to produce more power. Viral headlines falsely claimed the department rejected the request. See how Kury helped debunk the false claim in this story from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg Public Policy Center’s FactCheck.org.  

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How the Texas electricity system produced low-cost power but left residents out in the cold

Americans often take electricity for granted – until the lights go out. The recent cold wave and storm in Texas have placed considerable focus on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, the nonprofit corporation that manages the flow of electricity to more than 26 million Texans. Together, ERCOT and similar organizations manage about 60% of the U.S. power supply. From my research on the structure of the U.S. electricity industry, I know that rules set by entities like

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Why do different countries have different electric outlet plugs?

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com. Why do different countries have different electric outlet plugs? – Evie H., age 9, Seattle, Washington You find yourself in an airport or hotel room in another country, and you really need to charge your phone, camera or game system. But what is that strange-looking outlet? It has round holes! And there are two? Or

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How wind and solar toppled Exxon from its place as America’s top energy company

“In early October, the world passed a milestone in the clean energy transition that, until very recently, seemed unthinkable: Exxon was unseated as the most valuable energy company in America,” writes Tim McDonnell.  Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Dr. Ted Kury shares his expertise with McDonnell for this story in Quartz about how NextEra Energy became America’s top energy company. 

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Billions of dollars of delinquent power bills — Who will pay?

Since the pandemic, many states have implemented a moratorium on disconnecting utilities. That’s kept the lights on and water running for millions of people unable to pay their utility bills. But those moratoria are expiring and already unpaid electric and gas bills total more than $10 billion nationwide. How are those debts going to be paid?  Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Dr. Ted Kury addresses this question on Top of Mind with Julie Rose.  

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Delinquent electric bills from the pandemic are coming due – who will pay them?

The shutdowns and restrictions that governments have imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19 have made it hard for many households to afford basic needs. Thousands of Americans are struggling to pay monthly utility bills. Utilities and policymakers recognized that services like water and electricity are essential to people’s health, safety and comfort. Since mid-March they have taken steps to keep those services coming. The most popular approach has been for them to impose moratoria on late fees and disconnections

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From severe weather to pandemic, energy expert outlines challenges ahead for utility industry

In the latest episode of Con Edison’s “Plugged In,” noted energy expert Dr. Ted Kury of the Public Utility Research Center gives his take on the two big issues confronting energy companies in 2020: severe weather and the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to this episode from Con Edison on Spotify. 

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Can electrical systems be made less vulnerable to storms?

After Tropical Storm Isaias took out the power in New York City, reporter Pat Kiernan of NY1 asked Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Ted Kury about possible solutions to making utilities less vulnerable to storms. See what Dr. Kury recommends in this interview from NY1. 

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What the battle over control of PG&E means for US utility customers

By Theodore J. Kury, Director of Energy Studies, Public Utility Research Center, University of Florida Warrington College of Business There’s a battle raging over the ownership of PG&E Corp., one of the nation’s largest utilities, with cities, hedge fund managers and even customers all in the running. Growing liabilities over its role in several deadly wildfires in California forced the company to file for bankruptcy in January. It hopes to soon reemerge with a stronger balance sheet. The state’s governor has