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Tulane Center for Energy Law hosts Plug In on Texas energy crisis

March 02, 2021 12:15 PM



Texas’ energy crisis is the topic of a special Tulane "Plug In” hosted by the Tulane Center for Energy Law, which will bring together leading experts to discuss what went wrong and what comes next.

The event will be held Tuesday, March 9 from 9-10:30 a.m. (central time) and is titled “Systemic power system failure in the U.S. South and the way forward.” The virtual event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Two severe winter storms with record low temperatures hit Texas and other parts of the U.S. in mid-February. As a result, the power system failed, losing generation capacity, causing rolling blackouts and leaving many Texans in their homes in freezing temperatures. Dozens of people died due to the conditions, according to Texas officials. Many people had no drinking water, and others were served with whopping energy bills for thousands of dollars that many cannot pay. These events have now been followed by a “blame game” and calls for reforms across the nation.

To register for the Plug In, click here.

The 90-minute webinar will include influential speakers from the Berkeley Research Group, an energy industry analytics firm; Baker Botts, a international law firm representing energy clients; and Charles Rivers Associates, energy industry advisors.

The moderator is Dr. Sirja-Leena Penttinen, Assistant Director of the Tulane Center for Energy Law and an expert on international and European energy law and sustainable energy transitions.


  • Seabron Adamson, Vice President, Charles Rivers Associates, leads the global energy disputes and regulatory segment at CRA. He has significant experience in energy-related disputes, covering a wide range of sectors including electric power, renewable energy, natural gas/LNG, and oil and refined products pipelines, storage, and distribution.
  • Vir Chahal, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group LLC, has experience within wholesale power markets includes asset valuation, market structures, resource adequacy planning, transmission development, and high-penetration renewable integration.
  • Andrea Moore Stover, Partner at Baker Botts, has extensive experience representing utilities and other regulated entities on a wide variety of matters.
  • Branko Terzic, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group LLC, and a former Commissioner on the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and State of Wisconsin Public Service Commission.