SAN ANTONIO – Gonzalo Rodriguez is in his 70′s, lives with disabilities, and has been with out energy for days.
“This is not living. It’s barely surviving,” Rodriguez stated. “I don’t think it’s fair. I pay my electric bill on time, and I’m sure there’s more people like me. I’m handicapped. I can’t walk. There are families with small children.”
He stated he’s grateful for his neighbors who’re serving to look after him, however he’s chilly, frightened, and indignant.
On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott positioned blame on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the company that controls 85% of the state’s energy.
“This is unacceptable,” Abbott stated. “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.”
University of Houston energy fellow, and extremely regarded expert, Ed Hirs, says he is aware of what prompted the issue.
“The ERCOT market design is fatally flawed,” Hirs stated. “It was never a matter of if it would fail. The only question was when.”
Hirs stated he predicted in 2013 that Texas’ energy grid would fail if it was not re-designed. He stated ERCOT manages different firms that really generate the ability, however has no strategy to penalize or management them.
According to Hirs, these firms usually deal with summer time months, not winter, and had no incentive to arrange further energy crops because the arctic storm barreled in the direction of Texas.
Now, energy crops and stations throughout the state are frozen.
“They leave them turned off. They’re not winterized, there’s no antifreeze, they’re not oiled, they’re not staffed,” Hirs stated. “They’re not ready to respond in a short-term emergency like this.”
Bill Magness, ERCOT’s president and CEO, stated in a press launch on Wednesday that he knew “millions of people are suffering.” He stated ERCOT is prioritizing getting them electrical energy.
Dan Woodfin, ERCOT’s senior director of system operations, stated “the ability to restore more power is contingent on more generation coming back online.”
Darius Dunn moved to San Antonio from Philadelphia and whereas he stated the snow is his component, he’s out of energy and has been for days. That’s not even one thing he’s needed to take care of up North.
“Since you guys don’t get it as often you don’t really prepare for it as much,” Dunn stated.
One factor is evident: The ice will finally thaw, however frustration won’t. So, Texas has no selection however to make future preparation a severe precedence.
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