Monday, 22 February 2021 18:03

Gov. Abbott Calls on Legislature to Mandate Winterization of Texas’ Power System

Written by Bethany Blankley, The Center Square


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Gov. Greg Abbott is calling on the Texas Legislature to introduce legislation and authorize funding to winterize the state's power system after widespread power failures.

Abbott previously called on the Legislature to reform and investigate the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to ensure Texans never again experience power outages on the scale they have seen over the past several days.


He also spoke with President Joe Biden on Feb. 19 and with leaders in various industries to determine the best course of action going forward.


Biden reiterated in his call with the governor that the federal government “will continue to work hand-in-hand with state and local authorities in Texas to bring relief and address the critical needs of the families affected.”


Biden said he would instruct federal agencies “to look into any immediate steps that could be taken to support Texans at this time,” the White House said, adding the administration “was at the ready should the State of Texas or any other impacted region need additional federal disaster support or assistance as severe storms move across the U.S.”


On Feb. 21, the White House granted Abbott’s request for a Federal Emergency Declaration, which includes Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to help eligible Texans apply for assistance for broken pipes and related property damage. 


The declaration authorizes FEMA to provide emergency protective measures for mass care and sheltering and Direct Federal Assistance for all 254 counties in Texas.


Power has been restored to nearly 2 million homes across Texas since Feb. 17. There are no more power outages due to a lack of generation.


Every available repair truck in Texas has been dispatched to address downed power lines that are causing continued outages.


On Feb. 19, the governor held separate calls with the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE) and with members of oil and gas refinery organizations to discuss...

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