Texas Governor Said There Will be Power this Winter

Tom Handy

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Fox 7 Austin asked the Texas Governor about power this winter. Governor Greg Abbott said power will not be an issue.

KXAN shared Texas Governor Abbott’s comment on power for this winter. Last winter, several homes went without power due to the cold winter storm.

This past winter, approximately 4 million people were without power.

“I can guarantee the lights will stay on.”

Governor Abbott stated:

“I have talked to some of the natural gas pipeline transmitters, and they’ve also have been doing winterization that most people don’t know about. Most importantly is the approach ERCOT has taken this year, unlike last year. Last year they were reactive, and waited until a crisis mode before they summoned more power, more energy, now the way ERCOT works, is they work days in advance in summoning that power to make sure they will have enough power to keep the lights on.”

According to My SanAntonio, Governor Abbott has spoken to Natural Gas Pipeline Transmitters and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Both organizations are conducting winterization. ERCOT is taking steps to be proactive instead of reactive.

KXAN shared some details. Under Senate Bills 2 and 3, Texas requires the weatherization of power generation facilities, natural gas facilities, and transmission facilities to handle extreme weather.

They can fine facilities that are not in compliance up to one million dollars. The Texas Railroad Commission and ERCOT are required to inspect these facilities.

These bills also create a “Power Outage Alert”. The alert will notify Texans whenever the power supply in the state may be inadequate to meet demand. Additionally, the bill requires the Texas Energy Reliability Council to improve coordination between state agencies and industry during extreme weather emergencies and extended power outages.

Finally, the bill makes reforms to ERCOT. This includes having eight fully independent board members of the 11-member board, and requires board members to be residents of Texas.

“During the winter storm, too many Texans were left without heat or power for days on end, and I immediately made reforming ERCOT and weatherizing the power system emergency items,” said Governor Abbott. “We promised not to leave session until we fixed these problems, and I am proud to say that we kept that promise. These laws will improve the reliability of the electric grid and help ensure these problems never happen again. Thank you to Senators Kelly Hancock and Charles Schwertner and Representative Chris Paddie for your leadership on these important issues.”

Governor Abbott has spoken to Natural Gas Pipeline Transmitters and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Both organizations are conducting winterization. ERCOT is taking steps to be proactive instead of reactive.

So if there is a terrible winter storm, or the power goes out, should you blame Governor Abbott?

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