Manchin plans energy committee hearing on Texas power crisis

Manchin plans energy committee hearing on Texas power crisis


The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is planning to investigate a power outage crisis caused by extremely frigid weather that is gripping Texas and other electric grids in the Midwest and Southeast.

Sen. Joe Manchin, the Democratic chairman of the committee, intends to hold a hearing to examine grid reliability and resilience, his spokesman told the Washington Examiner.

“Chairman Manchin is staying abreast of the situation in Texas and other impacted areas across the country that left millions of people without power,” said Sam Runyon, a spokesman for Manchin on the energy committee. “The Committee intends to hold a hearing to examine grid reliability with resilience and affordability front of mind to assess how best to prevent this from happening in the future.”

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The hearing is the latest example of how Congress intends to highlight the power crisis in the next weeks and months, with bipartisan interest in assuring that the grid is up to withstanding

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