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Texas lawmakers investigate deadly power outages

Randy Mancini 17 Feb 26
Witnesses testify as the Committees on State Affairs and Energy Resources holds a joint public hearing to consider the factors that led to statewide electrical blackouts, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Austin, Texas. The hearings were the first in Texas since a blackout that was one of the worst in U.S. history, leaving more than 4 million customers without power and heat in subfreezing temperatures. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Witnesses testify as the Committees on State Affairs and Energy Resources holds a joint public hearing to consider the factors that led to statewide electrical blackouts, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Austin, Texas. The hearings were the first in Texas since a blackout that was one of the worst in U.S. history, leaving more than 4 million customers without power and heat in subfreezing temperatures. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas lawmakers are investigating the blackouts, which left millions powerless during this month’s deadly winter storm.

In a public hearing Thursday, Vistra Corp CEO Curtis Morgan said accountability needs to be shared by a number of entities, including his own company, and he hopes to do better in the future.

According to Morgan, however, utility providers told officials Vistra Corp wasn’t a priority. He added, the biggest failure was with the state’s natural gas system.

“And I don’t know if you know this, but 60, 70 percent of our generation in this state is done, is performed by natural gas, and we do not have an integrated and seamless gas and power system. And if we don’t have a seamless gas and electric power system, what happened last week will happen again.”

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ERCOT, which manages the states power grid, was put under heavy fire after scheduling rolling blackouts to prevent a potential grid-wide shutdown. However, the company failed to warn residents about the blackouts with Morgan noting people were not given a fighting chance to prepare.

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