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ERCOT head defends decision to shed power from grid

SAN ANTONIO – Top officers from ERCOT, the Texas council that regulates the electrical grid, defended the decision to shed power and provoke rolling outages early Monday, claiming it prevented a doable indefinite blackout throughout the state.

That decision left tens of millions of Texans with out power and endured for a 3rd day Wednesday, as outages remained extended in San Antonio and different elements of the state.

“The fundamental decision that was made in the middle of the night, at 1 a.m. Monday, to have the outages imposed was a wise decision by the operators we have here,” ERCOT President & CEO Bill Magness mentioned throughout a noon digital briefing with the media, who mentioned making the decision could have “avoided a catastrophic blackout.”

Magness, who acknowledged the “horrible consequences” of million of Texans not having power throughout dangerously low temperatures, brushed apart calls from public officers to resign.

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“The assessment of how we did I think is something that can be done once we get the power back on,” mentioned Magness.

Local and state officers have heaped a lot of the blame for the extended power outages on ERCOT.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg this week applauded calls from Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan to have the Texas legislature maintain an emergency listening to on the widespread outages and ERCOT’s function in them.

“ERCOT’s systems threw millions to the cold when we needed them most. They must be held accountable,” wrote Nirenberg on Twitter.

“Obviously ERCOT, the manager of the state’s power grid, underestimated the situation. ERCOT’s failure created hardship for Texans across the state,” mentioned Nirenberg throughout an emergency metropolis council meeting Wednesday afternoon.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott mentioned Wednesday he was pressured to subject an order stopping pure fuel producers from delivery the supply of vitality out of state.

Abbott, who has additionally been extremely important of ERCOT, mentioned the order would final by way of Sunday.

ERCOT senior director Daniel Woodfin mentioned in the course of the media briefing that vitality demand had outpaced provide and that the entity continued efforts to try to get the 2 extra in steadiness.

“As generation becomes available, we’re utilizing it to the maximum amount possible,” mentioned Woodfin.

Magness conceded there was no clear timeline on when the power grid would return to regular and that the extended outages had to be maintained for much longer than anybody would have wished.

ERCOT’s board of administrators introduced an pressing meeting, scheduled for Feb. 24, in an effort to look at the council’s preparations and response to the storm.

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