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Thu, Feb 25, 2021

In Texas and California, blackouts highlight the challenge of balancing reliability with cost

Over the past year, the United States has endured two major “load shedding” events, first in California and now in Texas, in which electric system operators instructed transmission owners to reduce demand by rotating blackouts across service areas. In both cases, customers were left wondering how an entire region could run out of electricity. The answer lies in the complex and contentious world of “resource adequacy,” one of the most challenging issues in electric system planning and market design.

EnergySource by Jonathan Gillis

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Chicago, Illinois | Marine Corps Veteran

Jon Gillis is a research analyst in the Decision and Infrastructure Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He previously worked as an electricity market analyst at National Grid, where he focused on wholesale market integration of distributed energy resources. As a graduate student, Jon specialized in energy policy and economics with a research focus on capacity market mitigation in US electricity markets.

From 2013 to 2017, Jon served in the US Marine Corps as an infantryman and tactical adviser on unmanned and autonomous system development efforts. Jon received a BA in government from Georgetown University and an MA in international law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is currently pursuing an MS in finance at Georgetown University.