After Texans died in the course of the energy outages, Harris County launches investigation into businesses that run the state’s vitality grid


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Harris County officers are launching an investigation into the occasions that led as much as “Texas’ current electrical energy catastrophe” and will probably be probing selections made by the board that operates the state’s energy grid, vitality suppliers and the Public Utility Fee.

“Members of our group died on this catastrophe, and thousands and thousands of Texans languished with out energy and water whereas struggling billions in property injury,” Harris County Legal professional Christian Menefee stated in a Tuesday assertion. “Harris County residents should know what occurred, who made which selections and whether or not this might have been averted or mitigated.”

Dozens of Texans died due to final week’s winter storm, which brought about damages all through the state that consultants say might value billions. Gov. Greg Abbott blasted the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas for its dealing with of the emergency. He declared reform of the group an emergency merchandise for the 2021 legislative session.

Menefee will request authorization to take authorized motion on behalf of Harris County throughout its Commissioner’s Courtroom assembly Friday. He stated he’s keen to collaborate with impartial state businesses’ investigations as properly.

He stated operators ought to have been ready after 2011’s exhausting freeze that uncovered weaknesses in Texas’ electrical grid system.

“There was nothing unpredictable about this final freeze, and everybody had loads of discover it was coming,” he stated. “However, the individuals operating the grid had been woefully unprepared and didn’t take quick motion and warn of us of what might occur.”

Spokespeople for ERCOT and the Public Utility Fee couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, despatched a letter to Travis County district lawyer’s workplace urging it to launch its personal investigation into the occasions and selections made throughout final week’s storms.

“The state can not examine itself,” Martinez Fischer stated in an announcement. “We’d like a radical outdoors investigation to find out whether or not acts and omissions of state officers violated the legislation.”

Martinez Fischer urged his Home colleagues to name for comparable investigations of their districts.

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