The majority of lost power generation was from natural gas sources. Reduced electricity from coal, nuclear, and wind power plants contributed to the shortage on February 15 and afterwards. – CC

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.

Greg Abbott

Gregory Wayne Abbott is an American attorney and politician serving as the 48th and current governor of Texas since 2015. A member of the Republican Party, (wikipedia)

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2021 Texas power crisis

In February 2021, the state of Texas suffered a major power crisis, which came about as a result of three severe winter storms sweeping across the United States on February 10–11, 13–17, (wikipedia)


Texas House Bill 2

Texas House Bill 2 is a bill within the Eighty-third Texas Legislature, first introduced into the Texas Senate as Texas Senate Bill 5 on June 11, 2013, related to abortion rights within the state. (wikipedia)


Texas

Texas is a state in the South Central region of the United States. It is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population . Texas shares borders with the states of Louisiana to the east, (wikipedia)