Is the Electric Reliability Council Of Texas Liable for Business and Customer Financial Losses?
TEXAS – A news report posted on keranews.org reports that more snow and freezing winter weather is expected to continue in hard-hit North Texas this week, making the weather emergency even harder for businesses and families already suffering the brutal cold without electricity. Businesses and residences across Texas have experienced lengthy blackouts over the past several days due to the severe arctic weather, and Texans are asking: “Who is responsible for these power outages?”
According to the news report, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages 90% of Texas’s power grid. Although the State of Texas doesn’t receive a lot of cold weather each year, it is clear that Texas’s infrastructure has not been managed well and is certainly not keeping up with the weather. States that receive cold weather ordinarily belong to Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) in order to safeguard their power services. RTOs are independent, membership-based organizations that run extensive electric power systems and provide electricity to approximately 60% of the United States.
Texas is a part of the other 40% of energy users who buy energy from independent energy companies. Texas also has its own electrical grid called “ERCOT,” which is named for the company that manages Texas’s primary power grid, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. ERCOT oversees about 550 energy units throughout the State of Texas and supplies about 90% of the state’s electricity needs. In 2011, Texas imported power from the country of Mexico during a comparable series of weather-related blackouts. ERCOT obtained control over Texas’s power demands approximately twenty years ago when the company fell under the jurisdiction of the state legislature and the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
According to the news report, business owners and citizens affected by the energy outages are contacting their representatives demanding solutions and answers.
State Representative. Jeff Leach (Collin County) was interviewed on a Dallas radio show concerning ERCOT and the power outages. He stated that residents of Richardson, a town two miles away from Plano, have been without energy for over 36 hours. Then we have some without any power outages. He also posed the question, “What are the plans to get us out of this problem.”
The answer is simple. The Texas legislature needs to take immediate action. State legislators must discuss how to manage the state’s power grid system to avoid similar power outages in the future. Also, Texas’s legislature needs to study the effectiveness of an energy grid system that does not share energy with other states.
Governor Greg Abbott has also presented a new emergency plan that would reform ERCOT in this legislative session.
However, the states’ legislature has recessed temporarily due to the severe winter weather while millions of Texans go without power.
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