Texas state officials on Tuesday called for an investigation of the state’s power grid system after widespread outages left millions in the cold during a massive winter storm that has now killed at least 17.
State House Speaker Dad Phelan is asking two committees in the chamber to hold hearings later this month to review the widespread blackouts, including the performance of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state’s largest power company, the Texas Tribune said.
“We must cut through the finger-pointing and hear directly from stakeholders about the factors that contributed to generation staying down at times when families needed it most, what our state can do to correct these issues and what steps regulators and grid operators are taking to safeguard our electric grid,” Phelan said in a news release.
Just hours later, Gov. Greg Abbott said he would submit a proposal to reform ERCOT as an emergency item in this year’s legislative session, making it