Gov. Abbott declares ERCOT reform an emergency item, calling on the legislature to investigate

Greg Abbott
Posted at 11:40 AM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 12:40:29-05

Governor Greg Abbott today declared the reform of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) an emergency item this legislative session.

In declaring this item an emergency, the Governor is calling on the legislature to investigate ERCOT and "ensure Texans never again experience power outages on the scale they have seen over the past several days."

“The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has been anything but reliable over the past 48 hours,” said Governor Abbott. “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.”

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan has asked two committees in the lower chamber to hold a joint hearing later this month to review statewide power outages that have affected millions of Texas households amid a massive winter storm.

Phelan, a Beaumont Republican, requested the House State Affairs and Energy Resources Committees convene Feb. 25.