Houston Mayor Calls on ERCOT to Restore Power as Quickly as Possible

Date: 2021-02-16 20:59:29

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Federal regulators say they are launching an inquiry into the operations of the bulk-power system during the severe winter storm that left millions without power in subfreezing temperatures in Texas and other states.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation announced the inquiry Tuesday.

Officials said the immediate emphasis will remain on restoring power to customers and securing the reliability of the bulk-power system, but they will work with other federal agencies, states, regional entities and utilities to identify problems with the performance of the bulk-power system and identify solutions.

In Houston, where more than one million electric customers are without power, Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a news briefing that the problem is one of power generation, not distribution.

“We have to have more generation in this state,” Turner said.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said that Texas’ isolated electric system is part of the problem.

“Texas never worked to intermingle with surrounding states, so it makes it very difficult for surrounding states to help us,” Lee said.

Turner says up to 400,000 customers in the Houston region could have their power restored today.

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