Texas Governor Greg Abbott said “no one can guarantee” as the state prepares for sub-zero temperatures.


Texas Governor Greg Abbott spoke at a news conference on the detention of migrant children in Dallas on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott will speak at a press conference on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 about the detention of migrant children in Dallas.(AP Photo / LM Otello)

  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott said “no one can guarantee” that the state’s power grid does not need to undergo rolling blackouts before bad weather.

  • “No one can guarantee that a roadshed event will not occur,” Abbott said at a news conference.

  • Governor Said before “Everything needed to repair the Texas power grid has been done.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that “no one can guarantee” power outages will never happen again as the state prepares for freezing and bad weather, despite previous guarantees that the grid has been upgraded and fixed. Stated.

Abbott held a press conference on Tuesday with officials from the Texas Public Utility Commission, the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas Emergency Management Department, and the Texas Electric Reliability Council (ERCOT) to power the grid as part of the state. Worked on the reliability of. Prepare for freezing temperature.

The National Weather Service In central Texas, icy rain and cold warnings began Wednesday afternoon, with at least two inches of sleet and snow.

The Governor said that in bad weather, state agencies were waiting to “respond” to all frozen needs, but admitted that they could not guarantee that a “roadshed” event would not occur.

A Roadshed event Rolling blackouts occur when power demand exceeds available supply and grid operators try to avoid system disruptions. The Texans experienced a large load limit, at least in 2021. 2.8 million people Lost power during the deadly winter freeze Killed at least 246 people..

“No one can guarantee that a roadshed event will not occur,” Abbott said at a news conference. “But what we are working on, striving to achieve, and what we are ready to achieve is that power remains throughout the state.”

The governor said ERCOT needs to secure an additional 15,000 MW of additional power during peak demand as cold weather approaches. This should theoretically be enough to survive the excess demand.

Since the 2021 freeze, Texas legislators have passed legislation to make the state’s power grid more adaptable. Governor to declare “Everything needed to repair the Texas power grid has been done.” Some experts said It wasn’t enough.

“The same thing can happen,” Curt Morgan, CEO of Vistra, Texas’s largest distribution company, said in November.

Democratic Governor Candidate, Beto O’Rourke, Announced on Tuesday His plan is to cross the state to “listen to and learn from the Texans who have found a way to overcome the crisis in Abbott’s power grid.”

and Press release From Abbott’s campaign spokeswoman Renea Eze, the campaign panned O’Rourke’s planned event.

“While Beto is crossing the states supporting the pain and suffering of fellow Texas people, Governor Abbott has been working with PUC, ERCOT, to ensure that Texas remains a national leader in energy. And we’ve been working to strengthen the grid with Congress, “Release said.

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