Power outages across the state, Gov. Abbott makes ERCOT reform emergency item

  • PIPES frozen under a water tank at the Pecos River Ranch owned by Paul and Ginger Perner. Arctic temperatures over the weekend and Monday have left many without power and water, especially on ranches. PAUL C. PERNER IV | THE OZONA STOCKMAN
    PIPES frozen under a water tank at the Pecos River Ranch owned by Paul and Ginger Perner. Arctic temperatures over the weekend and Monday have left many without power and water, especially on ranches. PAUL C. PERNER IV | THE OZONA STOCKMAN
As millions across the state remained without power, Gov. Greg Abbott declared a new emergency item for lawmakers to tackle during this year’s legislative session: reforming the state’s main electric grid operator. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, begin requiring electric utilities to reduce usage through rolling power outages on Monday, as freezing temperatures and snow…

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