Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed two bills on Tuesday that require the state’s electric utilities to better prepare their electric generation and transmission systems to cope with extreme weather.
The bill comes after Texas experienced a deadly winter storm in February, which blew out the state’s power infrastructure and left over 4.8 million homes and businesses without electricity for days.
In summary, the legislation includes requirements for power generator companies to prepare for extreme weather, mandates to upgrade power generators and transmission lines, instructions for electricity providers to inform customers on how to register as “critical,” as a way to ensure no power cut to households that require electricity for life-saving medical devices.
It also gives state politicians more influence over the governance of ERCOT, the state’s main grid operator, allows $6.5 billion in ratepayer-backed bonds for natural gas utilities and electric cooperatives, and sets up an emergency alert system to warn weather emergencies and power outages.
Everything that needed to be done was done to fix the power grid in Texas.
Today, I signed bills into LAW to reform ERCOT & weatherize & improve the reliability of the state's power grid.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 8, 2021