Energy & Environment

ERCOT CEO Defends Power Outages As Texas Lawmakers Probe Winter Storm Response

Posted on · Bill Magness, CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, said widespread blackouts during last week’s winter storm were necessary to prevent grid failure.

Energy & Environment

Resigning ERCOT Board Members Acknowledge ‘Pain And Suffering’ From Extreme Power Grid Strain That Caused Outages For Millions Of Texans

Posted on · In the power grid operator’s first board meeting since Texas’ power outages, a sixth ERCOT board member confirmed his resignation, and new details show that a shortage of natural gas fuel was a bigger problem last week than in 2011.

Energy & Environment

After Texans Died During The Power Outages, Harris County Launches Investigation Into Agencies That Run The State’s Energy Grid

Posted on · Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee said operators should have been prepared after 2011’s hard freeze that exposed weaknesses in Texas’ electrical grid system.

Energy & Environment

ERCOT Board Members Who Live Outside Of Texas Are Resigning In The Aftermath Of The Power Outage, Winter Storm

Posted on · Five board members, including the chair, who do not live in Texas will resign. A candidate for another position on the board has withdrawn his application. The vacancies will not immediately be filled.

Houston Matters

Will Lawsuits Against ERCOT Succeed? (Feb. 23, 2021)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: State lawmakers take up the governor’s emergency item on ERCOT reform, lawyers try to sue the energy grid operator over last week’s power outage, and Houston City Councilman Edward Pollard answers listener questions.