Beto O'Rourke proposes to make Texas part of the national power grid if he becomes Governor


In the rest of the continental U.S., power plants connect to a larger grid. The Texas power grid is not connected to the other US power grids. Texas has its own electric grid because when Texas became a state, it decided to keep control of its public utilities.

Beto O'Rourke, the Democrat gubernatorial candidate, has announced plans to make Texas a part of the National power grid.

I want to make sure people understand why we lost power last year. It wasn't an act of God. It was the failure of leadership from our Governor. In addition to connecting ERCOT to the nation's grid, which would allow us to draw down power when we need it and sell it back up when we have a surplus. We have absolutely got to weatherize the gas supply so that our own grid is reliable, to begin with.

Meanwhile, Texas governor, Greg Abbott, has said he is opposed to making Texas part of the national power grid as the power grid in Texas is far more reliable than it has ever been in the past. Abbott says that Texas being part of the national power grid would put too much control of Texas' energy infrastructure in the hands of the federal government.

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