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This Grid Has Grind: Memphis Powered Up, Other Cities Shiver

Christopher Blank/WKNO-FM

In Texas and Arkansas, regional power suppliers have struggled to keep up with the demand as the week-long winter storm keeps people at home with the heat cranked up. Millions are without power for a third consecutive day, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott faces a backlash for placing the blame on frozen windmills and green energy. 

But here in Memphis, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has fed MLGW an adequate supply of power, with no worry yet of shortfalls. 

Commercial Appeal reporter Samuel Hardiman says TVA, which supplies power to seven states, generates power from a variety of sources -- from nuclear to natural gas -- that when combined, create a reliable network of backups in the event of emergency weather events. 

In a recent article, Hardiman examined the differences between TVA and other power providers, as the latter struggle to meet demands during this weather event. As MLGW continues to explore alternatives to TVA, Hardiman says the blackouts elsewhere could make a stronger case for sticking with reliable TVA. 

Reporting from the gates of Graceland to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Christopher's favorite haunt is the intersection of history and cultural change. He is WKNO's News Director and Senior Producer at the University of Memphis' Institute for Public Service Reporting. Join his conversations about the Memphis arts scene on the WKNO Culture Desk Facebook page.