Five ERCOT board members resign, in the repercussion of the power outage, during the Texas freezing weather. None of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas board members who are resigning actually live in Texas. ERCOT Chair Sally Talberg, whom lives in Michigan and other Board members living in CA, IL, Canada and MA + Germany. Energy expert Ed Hirs sees it as "passing the buck."
"‘I’m going to leave the mess for you guys to clean up because, well, it’s your state and it’s no big deal. Yeah, I’ve been collecting a check.' This is just nonsense,” Hirs said. Hirs believes the board members should be held accountable for what happened or didn't happen leading up to and during the storm.
Leaders have accused Ercot of not upgrading their equipment upgrades to better withstand extreme winter.
There is no surprise that ERCOT did not upgrade winter storm equipment, to better withstand extreme winter temperature. Leaders have accused Ercot of not upgrading their equipment upgrades to better withstand extreme winter.
They did not upgrade their office computer software either. The Ercot board meeting could not start ontime today because they did not have a newer version of the Power point software. This is irresponsible because it means that businesses are vulnerable to cyber attacks if they do not upgrade to a supported version of software.
Alex Epstein Founder of Center for Industrial Progress. Author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels and http://EnergyTalkingPoints.com. Alex said that in a place like Alberta, Canada a spike in demand during far colder temps, leads to very little disruption.
Why? AB has a reliable, resilient grid with 43% coal and 49% gas. He says Texans should end The Blackout government Subsidy.The Wind Production Tax Credit pays utilities to slow down or shut down reliable power plants whenever the wind blows. It is a major cause of the Texas blackouts. He says "Tell your elected officials to repeal The Blackout Subsidy. The root cause of the TX blackouts is a national and state policy that has prioritized the adoption of unreliable wind/solar energy over reliable energy."