Texas Governor, House Speaker Call for Emergency Probe of Failing Power Grid

Texas Governor, House Speaker Call for Emergency Probe of Failing Power Grid


Texas leaders are scrambling to find out why the state’s power grid was ill-prepared to deal with electrical generation during this week’s historic winter storm. The grid’s energy production failures left millions without electricity, heat, and in some cases, water.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared reform of the Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to be an “emergency item” for the new session of the State Legislature. The “emergency item” declaration allows the Legislature to consider legislation to address failures of ERCOT to prepare for this winter storm.

“The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has been anything but reliable over the past 48 hours,” Governor Abbott said in a statement on Tuesday morning. “Far too many Texans are without power and heat for their homes as our state faces freezing temperatures and severe winter weather. This is unacceptable.”

“Reviewing the preparations and decisions by ERCOT is an emergency item so

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