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DSS-103 NISRU Distinguished Speaker Webinar Series: Energy, Causes and Costs of Texas ERCOT Load Sheds in February 2021 is a Course

DSS-103 NISRU Distinguished Speaker Webinar Series: Energy, Causes and Costs of Texas ERCOT Load Sheds in February 2021

Started Feb 17, 2021


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NISRU Distinguished Speaker Series

This webinar will feature the topic of the massive power outage in Texas. As you know, Texas is still recovering from this crisis, which left more than 4.5 million homes and businesses without power for several days. INMA’s National Infrastructure Security and Resilience U (NISRU) program is pleased to offer a timely, members-only webinar on the “Causes and Costs of Texas ERCOT Load Sheds in February 2021.” This webinar will look at how the lack of prior planning for severe cold weather caused major outages through areas in Texas. Texas was minutes away from losing their power grid for months.

Presenters Thomas S. Popik and Richard H. Humphreys have significant experience in forensic analysis of major outages within Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs), having previously analyzed the root causes of the August 2020 outages in California ISO.

Register now and learn what happened in Texas, including the costs and how it can be prevented in the future.

This webinar is an excellent opportunity for InfraGard members to go beyond mass media stories and get into the engineering and economic details behind the Texas events. Both presenters are members of the INMA National Disaster Resilience Cross Sector Council.

Original Broadcast Date/Time: March 11, 2021 / 2pm-3pm ET (11am-12pm PT)


  1. Thomas S. Popik, Chairman and President of the Foundation for Resilient Societies. In his role at Resilient Societies, Thomas (Tom) Popik has testified on electric grid security before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Canadian Parliament, and the legislatures of multiple U.S. states. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Politico, The Economist, Reuters, and USA Today. Mr. Popik holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. In his early career, Mr. Popik served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, with a final rank of Captain.
  2. Richard H. Humphreys, Director of the Foundation for Resilient Societies. Richard (Rick) Humphreys studies issues associated with the U.S. electric grid following a 35+ year career in the defense industry. Rick spent the bulk of his career with the Boeing Lasers and Electro-Optics group in California and Lockheed Martin’s Laser and Sensor Systems group outside of Seattle, Washington. At both Boeing and Lockheed Martin Rick served in various management roles, primarily as Program Manager. As Program Manager, Rick was responsible for leading teams of engineers and scientists in advancing High Energy Laser technology. Rick’s teams were successful in advancing fiber laser technology from laboratory proof of concept to fielded weapon systems. Rick earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT in Chemical Engineering courtesy of the Air Force ROTC program. During his Air Force career, Rick was stationed at the Air Force Weapons (now Research) Lab, New Mexico and Ft. Meade, Maryland. Rick continued in the Air Force Reserves and ultimately separated with the rank of Major.

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