Governor Abbott Vows to Prevent Future Power Grid Failures

The governor promises to take action to prevent a future power grid failure after millions of Texans went days without heat and electricity.

Governor Greg Abbott says he like many Texans is angry. During a statewide address Wednesday evening, Abbott said the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, didn't do its job before the storm.

“We now know that power generators of all sources were not prepared for this severe winter weather,” Abbott said.

On Thursday, ERCOT members will have to answer to the Texas Legislature during a hearing in Austin. Many lawmakers, like the governor, are placing the blame squarely at their feet. So far, six ERCOT board members have resigned. Abbott says all kinds of energy failed last week, so the state needs to make sure it doesn't happened again.

“I have made it a legislative priority to mandate and to fund the winterization and stabilization of the Texas power infrastructure,” he added.

The governor vows the legislative session will not end until the problem is addressed.

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