Gov. Greg Abbott declared the reform of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) an emergency item for this legislative session. Abbott is calling on the legislature to investigate ERCOT in order to prevent power outages on the same scale that Texans have recently experienced.
“The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has been anything but reliable over the past 48 hours,” Abbott said. “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 we can get a full picture of what caused this problem and find long-term solutions. I thank my partners in the House and Senate for acting quickly on this challenge, and I will work with them to enhance Texas’ electric grid and ensure that our state never experiences power outages like this again.”