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    More On: texas Marco Rubio says Biden has ‘unconscious bias’ after ‘Neanderthal’ smear Texas gov fires back at Biden: Releasing migrants with COVID is ‘Neanderthal thinking’ Fauci slams ‘inexplicable’ decision by Texas, Mississippi to lift mask mandates Texas power grid CEO fired after deadly blackouts during storm The Electric Reliability Council of Texas made a massive error that resulted in $16 billion in overcharges last month when millions of residents were left without power after a historic winter storm, according to a watchdog that oversees the power grid operator. ERCOT set the maximum price of electricity at $9,000 per megawatt-hour, which caused the massive overcharges from 12 a.m. Feb. 18 to 9 a.m. Feb. 19., Bloomberg reported, citing Texas’ independent market monitor Potomac Economics. The firm sent a letter to regulators recommending the pricing be corrected and that the $16 billion overcharge should be reversed. The...
    (Reuters) - Texas' power grid operator Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said on Thursday outgoing Chief Executive Bill Magness informed the ERCOT board he will not seek or accept severance pay. ERCOT ousted Magness on Wednesday, as the fallout continued from a deadly blackout last month that left residents without heat, power or water for days. (Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Chris Reese) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, Texas
    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator for most of the state, fired its CEO Bill Magness on Wednesday in the aftermath of the massive winter storm outages that led to several power outages and a number of deaths. ERCOT’s board voted to remove Magness in a three-hour private session. Political leaders in Texas had called for his his resignation after the operator’s response to a high demand for power left millions without electricity as temperatures dipped below freezing. The nonprofit grid operator’s board plans to immediately launch a search for a new CEO. Magness will remain in the role for 60 days per an agreement consistent with his contract and work with state officials and regulators on “potential reforms,” The Dallas Morning News reported.   Magness, who worked at ERCOT for more than a decade and was promoted as president and CEO in 2016, was questioned for...
    The head of the power company that failed Texas during last month's blizzard will not be in the position much longer. Electric Reliability Council of Texas's board of directors decided on Wednesday to exercise the company's 60-day termination notice for president and CEO Bill Magness. TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL LEFT STATE FOR UTAH DURING HISTORIC WINTER STORM “The ERCOT Board of Directors met this evening and directed the Corporate Secretary to exercise the 60 days’ termination notice to ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness pursuant to the employment agreement with ERCOT," the company said in a statement, obtained by CNN. "During this transition period, Bill will continue to serve as President and CEO and work with state leaders and regulators on potential reforms to ERCOT." It's unclear who will replace Magness, but "The ERCOT Board is expected to begin an immediate search for a new President and CEO, and will continue...
    WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Inquiries into the electricity blackouts during the February storms in Texas have now moved to Washington. The House Oversight Committee is investigating the agency that operates the grid in the state. The committee is looking to get information and documents about the lack of preparation for the recent winter storm that caused millions of power outages and dozens of deaths across the state. READ MORE: Texas Teachers, Other Childcare Workers Immediately Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccine Rep. Ro Khanna, a California Democrat who chairs an environment subcommittee, sent a letter to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, saying he is concerned that the loss of electric service — “and the resulting human suffering, deaths and economic costs” — will happen again unless ERCOT and the state of Texas adequately prepare for a predicted increase in extreme weather events. Severe winter storms in Texas “have occurred repeatedly over decades, and...
    The House Oversight Subcommittee on Environment is launching an investigation into Texas’s power grid operator after the severe winter conditions caused power outages and deaths across the state in February. Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaKhanna: US airstrikes in Syria 'clearly' violate American and international law The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo Progressives push White House to overturn wage ruling MORE (D-Calif.), chairman of the subcommittee, sent a letter to Bill Magness, CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), on Wednesday requesting documents and information regarding their preparation for the storm. “The failures of ERCOT and the State of Texas were costly. Dozens of Texans have died and the number of confirmed deaths continues to grow,” Khanna wrote. “The total economic losses in Texas could reach $50 billion when factoring in property and infrastructure damage, lost wages, business and crop losses,...
    By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Oversight Committee is investigating the agency that operates the Texas power grid, seeking information and documents about the lack of preparation for the recent winter storm that caused millions of power outages and dozens of deaths across the state. Rep. Ro Khanna, a California Democrat who chairs an environment subcommittee, sent a letter to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, saying he is concerned that the loss of electric service — “and the resulting human suffering, deaths and economic costs” — will happen again unless ERCOT and the state of Texas adequately prepare for a predicted increase in extreme weather events. Severe winter storms in Texas “have occurred repeatedly over decades, and ERCOT has been unprepared for them,” Khanna wrote in a letter to ERCOT CEO Bill Magness. The group's own consultant has predicted that severe winter weather events will...
    HOUSTON – Texas’ oldest and largest electric power cooperative filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court in Houston on Monday, citing a disputed $ 1.8 billion bill from the state’s grid operator. Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc, which supplies electricity to more than 660,000 consumers statewide, is one of dozens of providers facing huge charges stemming from a severe cold snap last month. The fallout threatens utilities and power traders, who collectively face billions of dollars in blackout-related charges, the executives said. Unusually cold temperatures destroyed nearly half of the state’s power plants in mid-February, leaving 4.3 million people without heat or light for days and bursting water pipes that damaged homes and businesses. Brazos and others who promised to provide power to the grid, but were unable, had to buy replacement power at high rates and cover unpaid rates from other companies. The state’s grid operator, the Electric Reliability...
    Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc. (BEPC), the largest and oldest power cooperative in Texas, has filed for bankruptcy due to a disputed $1.8 billion bill from the state’s grid operator, Reuters reports. BEPC, which provides power to over 660,000 consumers in Texas, is among the dozens of providers that are facing hefty charges from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) after freezing temperatures left millions of households in the state without power in February. Reuters added that BEPC executive Clifton Karnei, who signed the company's bankruptcy submissions, sat on ERCOT's board of directors until last week. More providers are expected to reject bills, executives from ERCOT said. According to ERCOT, $2.1 billion in initial bills was unpaid as of last Friday. BEPC and other providers were required to buy replacement power at elevated rates, Reuters notes, and cover unpaid fees from other companies. Four ERCOT board members resigned last week due to the power outages. All four members...
    White House climate czar to AP: Texas storm a wake-up call Electricity needed to mine bitcoin is more than used by entire countries (Bloomberg) -- Texas’s grid operator needs to come up with $1.3 billion to pay power plants for energy they supplied during last week’s historic blackouts, raising the prospect it may require a state bailout. © Bloomberg A worker repairs a power line in Austin, Texas, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Restaurants in Texas are throwing out expired food, grocery stores are closing early amid stock shortages and residents are struggling to find basic necessities as a cold blast continues to upend supply chains. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages most of the state’s grid, said it’s still waiting on more than $2 billion in payments from retail power providers and others after a deep winter freeze caused energy prices to skyrocket. The grid...
    HOUSTON (Reuters) - Texas's power grid operator on Friday canceled Griddy Energy LLC's access to the state's power network, and shifted all its customers to other utilities, according to a notice by the grid operator. Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said it had transferred Griddy's customers to one or more rival providers. Griddy was the power marketer that sold consumers power at wholesale rates, which rose to $9,000 per megawatt hour for days as cold weather struck the state last week. (Reporting by Gary McWilliams, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, natural gas, Texas
    The top board members of Texas's Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) announced that they would resign from their posts on Wednesday after a deadly winter storm system left millions without power amid subzero temperatures. In a Tuesday letter to their fellow board members -- there are 16 in total -- Chairwoman Sally Talberg and vice chairman Peter Cramton, Terry Bulger and Raymond Hepper wrote that their "hearts go out to all Texans" who had to go without electricity, heat, water, and "face the tragic consequences of this emergency."  TEXAS UTILITY CUSTOMER FILES $1B LAWSUIT AGAINST GRIDDY AFTER ELECTRIC BILL TOPS $9,000 "We have noted recent concerns about out-of-state board leadership at ERCOT. To allow state leaders a free hand with future direction and to eliminate distractions, we are resigning from the board effective after our urgent board teleconference meeting adjourns on Wednesday, February 24, 2021," they said.  The group said it wants what is best for...
    (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday pledged to overhaul the state's electric grid operator after a massive blackout left residents without heat, power or water for days. State officials are working on proposals to add more power to the electric grid, Abbott said on the eve of state hearings into what caused last week's outage. Power suppliers "of all sources were not prepared for this winter weather," he said. (Reporting by Gary McWilliams, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, natural gas, Texas
    Four board members of Texas' power grid operator have announced their plans to resign in the wake of a severe winter storm that left millions of Texans without power for days and led to at least 31 deaths in the state. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has repeatedly blamed the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) for the power failures, and has called for an investigation into the council.  In a letter to the board, the resigning members cited concerns about their "out-of-state board leadership." Three of the resigning board members live in other states, and one lives in another country.  "We have noted recent concerns about out-of-state board leadership at ERCOT," the letter said. "To allow state leaders a free hand with future direction and to eliminate distractions, we are resigning from the board effective after our urgent board teleconference meeting adjourns on Wednesday, February 24, 2021." The resigning...
    Four leading board members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) announced they will resign Wednesday as the electric grid operator faces scrutiny for its role in statewide power outages that occurred last week during a winter storm. ERCOT board chair Sally Talberg, vice chair Peter Cramton, finance and audit chair Terry Bulger and human resources and governance committee chair Raymond Hepper will resign during an ERCOT board meeting Wednesday, according to a notice filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC). Board member nominee Craig Ivey was expected to fill a vacant position on the board but has withdrawn his application, ERCOT attorneys mentioned in Tuesday’s notice. At least 4 members of ERCOT board of directors indicate their intent to resign after Wednesday’s board meeting, citing “recent concerns about out-of-state board leadership…” Comes 2 days before ERCOT will be questioned by lawmakers over statewide power outages. #txlege...
    All four out-of-state board members of the Texas power grid operator submitted their resignations after millions of people lost power during last week’s major snowstorm. Sally Talberg, board chairwoman; Peter Cramton, vice chairman; Terry Bulger, finance and audit chairman; and Raymond Hepper, human resources and governance committee chairman, will resign at the end of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas board meeting on Wednesday, according to a notice from the Public Utility Commission of Texas posted on Tuesday. “We have noted recent concerns about out-of-state board leadership at ERCOT. To allow state leaders a free hand with future direction and to eliminate distractions, we are resigning from the board effective after our urgent board teleconference meeting adjourn,” the four said in their resignation letter to ERCOT board members, which was also posted by the commission. TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL LEFT STATE FOR UTAH DURING HISTORIC WINTER STORM The...
    By Paul J. Webber | Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — Four board leaders of Texas’ embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing power during a deadly winter freeze last week. All of the board directors stepping down, including Chairwoman Sally Talberg, live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The resignations are effective Wednesday, a day before Texas lawmakers are set to begin hearings over the outages in the state Capitol. The board members acknowledged “concerns about out-of-state board leadership” in a letter to grid members and the state’s Public Utility Commission, which oversees ERCOT. “Our hearts go out to all Texans who have had to go without electricity, heat, and water during frigid temperatures and continue to face the tragic consequences of this emergency,” the letter read. The other...
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Four board leaders of Texas' embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing power during a deadly winter freeze last week.All of the board directors stepping down, which included Chairwoman Sally Talberg, live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.The resignations are effective Wednesday, a day before Texas lawmakers are set to begin hearings over the outages in the state Capitol.SEE ALSO: Gov. Greg Abbott calls on ERCOT leadership to resign during one-on-one interviewREAD: Public notice to the Public Utlity Commission
    By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Four board leaders of Texas' embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing power during a deadly winter freeze last week. All of the board directors stepping down, which included Chairwoman Sally Talberg, live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The resignations are effective Wednesday, a day before Texas lawmakers are set to begin hearings over the outages in the state Capitol. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, business, weather, Texas
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Four board leaders of Texas’ embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing power during a deadly winter freeze last week. All of the board directors stepping down, which included Chairwoman Sally Talberg, live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The resignations are effective Wednesday, a day before Texas lawmakers are set to begin hearings over the outages in the state Capitol. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Board leaders of Texas’ power grid operator resign after outrage over 4 million customers losing electricity in freeze. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A Texas family whose 11-year-old boy died in the winter storm last week has filed a lawsuit alleging that gross negligence by the states grid operator and power company led to the child’s death, KHOU reported over the weekend. Christian Pavon is believed to have died on Tuesday due to hypothermia after his family’s mobile home lost power. Medical examiners have not yet released his cause of death. Dozens of people died when freezing temperatures swept across Texas last week. In addition, more than four million people lost power, many for several days, according to The Hill. Both the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and power company Entergy expressed sorrow over suffering in the the community, but said they have not yet reviewed the lawsuit, which seeks more than $100 million in damages. State leaders and ERCOT are facing criticism over the outages and the fact that the power...
    The family of an 11-year-old boy who died in the freezing Texas weather last week has filed a lawsuit against the state's grid operator the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and power company Entergy, alleging that gross negligence led to the child’s death. Local Houston news station KHOU reports that the family of Christian Pavon has filed a lawsuit and is represented by attorney Tony Buzbee. Pavon is believed to have died on Tuesday due to hypothermia after his family’s home lost power. His official cause of death has yet to be released, KHOU reports. According to the suit filed by Pavon’s family, the cause of death was hypothermia, KHOU reports. His family is asking for more than $100 million in damages. Entergy, in response to the lawsuit, said the company was “deeply saddened by the loss of life in our community. We are unable to comment due to pending...
    The private electric grid operator ERCOT has sovereign immunity, but this is not stopping some Texans from suing them amid the devastating winter blackouts. Case in point, there is the family of 11-year-old Conroe boy Christian Pavon. They said they found him dead on Tuesday after their mobile home was hit with freezing temperatures. A family in Conroe is mourning the loss of their 11-year-old little boy. The family says they’d been without power for two days. And Christian Pavon was found dead on Tuesday, after a bitter cold night in their mobile home. Their tragic story tonight on @KHOU at 5. #khou11 pic.twitter.com/9GsPJHgAS0 — Anayeli Ruiz (@AnayeliNews) February 19, 2021 ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) has been slammed with criticism as planned rolling blackouts lasted way longer than expected, leaving millions of Texans exposed to frigid conditions without power for extended periods of time. Dozens died...
    A Corpus Christi resident filed suit against the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) on Friday, alleging the power grid operator should be held liable after failing to adequately prepare for winter conditions that left state residents without power in recent days. ERCOT and the American Electric Power Company, which operates the state’s generators, were named as defendants. Plaintiff Donald McCarley claims the entities were aware of the potential risk a winter weather event posed to power grids, but did not increase capacity or attempt to weatherproof their infrastructure. "This cold weather event and its effects on the Texas energy grid were neither unprecedented, nor unexpected, nor unforeseen," the lawsuit says, noting that similar conditions in 1989 and 2011 resulted in rolling blackouts. VideoRepresentatives for ERCOT did not immediately return a request for comment. Millions of Texas residents lost power after sub-freezing temperatures compromised Texas’ power grid. McCarley’s lawsuit argues...
    California to reopen schools; Biden to pledge $4B to COVAX; Pfizer vaccine can be stored in normal freezer temps: Latest COVID-19 updates Excitement over Biden immigration proposals could lead to uptick in scams, experts warn The lights are coming back on for millions in Texas who lost power, but the impacts of the deadly winter storm are still being felt across the state with boil water notices in effect. In Texas about 184,000 customers still do not have power, according to the latest data from PowerOutage.us. One energy expert said that 20 million or more Texas residents could be under boil water notices. © Provided by CNBC A worker repairs a power line in Austin, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2021. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which is known as ERCOT and controls the majority of the state's power, said it plans to come out...
    Texas was 'seconds and minutes' away from 'monthslong' power outages the embattled CEO of ERCOT said Thursday as he defended the grid's rolling blackouts.  A week of below-freezing temperatures knocked about a third of the state's generating capacity offline, resulting in the greatest forced blackout in U.S. history and exposing weaknesses of Texas' unique approach to power grid management.  The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, operates the power grid that covers most of the state and was behind the decision to have rolling blackouts which left up to 4 million people enduring outages in subfreezing temperatures.  Its CEO Bill Magness told The Texas Tribune Thursday that if operators had not acted 'immediately' in implementing them Monday morning the state would have faced an 'indeterminately long' electricity crisis.  He said: 'It was seconds and minutes [from possible failure] given the amount of generation that was coming off the system.'  ...
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk slammed the Texas electrical grid operator on Wednesday for being unreliable after millions of residents were left without power during a historic winter storm that brought record freezing temperatures in the state. Musk tweeted that the state’s energy agency, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), “is not earning that R.” In December, the billionaire moved from California to Austin, where he’s building a new Tesla factory. Meanwhile, Texans posted on social media that they slept in their Tesla cars to keep warm during the cold nights. In 2019, Tesla released a vehicle with a “Camp Mode” feature that allows owners to use the car’s climate control for more than a day without depleting the battery. “We had the power go out for 6 hours last night. Our house does not have gas, and we ran out of firewood . . . what are we...
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    Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who recently moved to Texas, has slammed the state's electrical grid operator as unreliable, while a number of Tesla owners say they are sleeping in the vehicles to keep warm amid an historic power outage crisis. Musk, who is building a new Tesla factory near Austin and moved to the area from Silicon Valley in December, sniped on Wednesday at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). '@ERCOT_ISO is not earning that R,' he wrote in a tweet, referring to the word 'reliability' in the grid operator's acronym. Along among the contiguous states, Texas operates an independent electrical grid that does not tie in with other states, in order to avoid federal regulations.  ERCOT, the grid operator responsible for system reliability, came under heavy criticism after a deep freeze reduced generating capacity by a third, leaving more than 3 million Texans without power on Wednesday. ...
    The power grid operator for the state of Texas has declared its highest possible state of emergency after a winter storm caused millions to lose power as temperatures remain at record lows. "We are experiencing record-breaking electric demand due to the extreme cold temperatures that have gripped Texas," said Bill Magness, president and chief executive of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, in a statement. "At the same time, we are dealing with higher-than-normal generation outages due to frozen wind turbines and limited natural gas supplies available to generating units," he continued. "We are asking Texans to take some simple, safe steps to lower their energy use during this time." ERCOT is calling on Texans who do have power to try and conserve energy by unplugging their nonessential electronics and appliances, reducing the use of larger appliances, and keeping thermostats below 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The Texas Public Utility...
    Federal regulators and state officials announced new investigations on Tuesday as a power outage crisis from frigid temperatures gripped the central and southern parts of the United States. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and North American Electric Reliability Corporation announced a joint investigation into the failures of the nation’s bulk power system's handling of the extreme winter weather. In Texas, where most of the outages have been, Gov. Greg Abbott called for an emergency reform of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, saying the operator of the state’s power grid “has been anything but reliable over the past 48 hours.” FERC, which regulates interstate transmission of electricity, opened a docket in 2018, when it was controlled by Republicans, to examine the state of the nation’s grid resilience, or the ability of the U.S. power system as it transitions to cleaner energy sources to bounce back from a major disruption. The...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) called on the state legislature to investigate the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) after winter weather has left millions of Texans without power.  The Texas governor released a statement requesting that reform to the grid operator be prioritized as an emergency item during the legislative session to “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,” Abbott said in his statement. “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,” he added.  ERCOT is facing backlash for...
    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has declared its highest state of emergency in the aftermath of an unusual winter storm that has battered the Lone Star State, bringing record low temperatures while also leaving millions without power. The power grid operator had previously requested that Texans reduce their electric usage as much as possible through Tuesday. "We are experiencing record-breaking electric demand due to the extreme cold temperatures that have gripped Texas," said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness. He added, "At the same time, we are dealing with higher-than-normal generation outages due to frozen wind turbines and limited natural gas supplies available to generating units. We are asking Texans to take some simple, safe steps to lower their energy use during this time." ERCOT is urging Texans to take energy-saving precautions including turning off and unplugging non-essential lights and appliances, avoiding the use of large appliances and turning...
    (Reuters) - Rotating blackouts were enforced in the U.S. state of Texas early on Monday to reduce demand on the electric system amid icy storms, state's grid operator Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said in a tweet https://bit.ly/2Owf3V2. "Traffic lights and other infrastructure may be temporarily without power," the agency added. The operator issued a level three energy emergency alert on Monday, urging consumers to reduce electricity use. "We urge Texans to put safety first during this time." Ice storms knocked out nearly half the wind power-generating capacity of Texas on Sunday as a rare deep freeze across the state locked up turbine towers while driving electricity demand to record levels, ERCOT reported on Sunday. According to a spokeswoman from ERCORT, of the 25,000-plus megawatts of wind-power capacity normally available in Texas, some 12,000 megawatts was out of service as of Sunday morning due to the storm. (Reporting by...
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