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August 20, 2021

PATRICK: House Bill 4492 Should Provide Relief for ERCOT Participants Who were Adversely Affected

Texas Insider
“I have reviewed the August 2, 2021, letter Chairman Chris Paddie wrote to you where he makes the claim that House Bill 4492 from the 87th […]
August 17, 2021

Texas Senate seeks to fix problem in winter storm finance bill they say would increase energy costs

Dallas Morning News Online
A winter storm financing bill signed into law after the regular session of the Texas Legislature has become an issue again after senators brought attention to […]
August 4, 2021

Energy industry showers Gov. Greg Abbott, other Texas politicians with campaign cash after they passed power grid bills

The Texas Tribune
…February storm to call for the resignations of both the PUC board and ERCOT, both of which were fully reformed through Senate Bills 2 and…
July 27, 2021

Tighter rules for Texas power grid are a shift for Gov. Greg Abbott, GOP

Austin American-Statesman Online
…of the state’s electricity market. His orders to the Public Utility Commission signaled a move away from the state’s Wild West approach and…
July 27, 2021

Texas Power Grid Sees Record-breaking Demand during Heatwave

Reuters
…of extreme weather caused the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which operates the grid in most of the state, to project power use…
July 15, 2021

ERCOT responds to governor’s directives to improve electric reliability

Corsicana Daily Sun Online
Gov. Greg Abbott last week sent a letter to the Public Utility Commission of Texas directing the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to take…
July 14, 2021

Texas Senate signals support for drastic power market reforms spurred by freeze

Houston Chronicle Online
…area saw 6-7 inches of snow. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has also declared the highest level of energy emergency and is…
July 14, 2021

UT report shines light on man-made portions of February power crisis

Austin American-Statesman Online
…supply chain woes exacerbated the power crisis. The Texas Public Utility Commission, the agency that oversees the operators of Texas’ power…
July 14, 2021

Death toll rises to 210 from February cold wave in Texas

Valley Morning Star Online
…that had just adjourned. Since then, two conservation alerts issued by ERCOT during temperate spring weather prompted renewed questions, and…
July 14, 2021

ERCOT to address transmission limitations to the Rio Grande Valley

KRGV-TV Online
…the month of June, the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, which operates the statewide grid, told Texans they could face a…
July 14, 2021

ERCOT announces new plan for reliability and accountability of the Texas power grid

KRLD-AM Online
…leading to the deaths of more than 200 people – the power grid operator ERCOT has a new plan. When the grid failed during February’s massive…
July 14, 2021

Texas’ power grid officials try to reassure public that they’re fixing lingering problems

News 4 San Antonio
…president, Brad Jones, and the three-member board of the Public Utility Commission, which oversees Jones and the Electric Reliability Council of…
July 13, 2021

Report finds companies were paid to cut off power during February storm

WFAA-TV Online
…to sign up for a voluntary “emergency response” program coordinated by ERCOT. Dozens of mostly natural gas facilities, including some directly…
July 13, 2021

Death toll from winter storm rises to 210 statewide; D-FW victims now at 35

WFAA-TV Online
…ERCOT promises thorough investigation of June power plant outages…
July 13, 2021

Officials in charge of Texas’ power grid try to reassure lawmakers and the public that they’re fixing lingering problems

The Texas Tribune
…president, Brad Jones, and the three-member board of the Public Utility Commission, which oversees Jones and the Electric Reliability Council of…
July 13, 2021

ERCOT unveils ambitious plan to improve Texas power grid reliability

CultureMap Dallas
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, has rolled out its plan to address improvements to the state’s power grid. On Tuesday, July…
July 13, 2021

Governor Abbott Directs Public Utility Commission To Take Immediate Action To Improve Electric Reliability

CBS Austin
…Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to members of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) directing them to take immediate action to…
July 13, 2021

Legislators: The future of Texas’ electric grid rests squarely with ERCOT and PUC

Dallas Morning News Online
…met with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and the Public Utility Commission to discuss how to ensure the grid operates reliably,…
June 7, 2021

Analysis: The Texas electric grid and the improvements that didn’t come

The Texas Tribune
Texas lawmakers passed major bills in response to the winter storm power outages that killed hundreds of Texans in February. But there’s still a lot to […]
June 6, 2021

Texas Lawmakers Tackle Costs of Winter Freeze, Say More Action Needed

The Wall Street Journal
Texas spent more than $46 billion buying electricity during a single week, more than five times what it spent on electricity in all of 2020.