ERCOT board members announce plans to resign

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Power lines are shown Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(Nexstar) – Five board members for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas have announced plans to resign, according to an announcement Tuesday.

ERCOT has been heavily criticized following a winter storm that resulted in power outages for millions across Texas. The entity was also heavily criticized after it was discovered that many of the board members were not from Texas, and in at least one case, not from the United States.

The announcement states the board members will officially resign following a meeting Wednesday.

“We look forward to working with the Texas Legislature, and we thank the outgoing Board Members for their service,” ERCOT said in a statement.

Gov. Greg Abbott, who has been critical of ERCOT, said he welcomes the resignations.

“When Texans were in desperate need of electricity, ERCOT failed to do its job and Texans were left shivering in their homes without power. ERCOT leadership made assurances that Texas’ power infrastructure was prepared for the winter storm, but those assurances proved to be devastatingly false. The lack of preparedness and transparency at ERCOT is unacceptable, and I welcome these resignations. The State of Texas will continue to investigate ERCOT and uncover the full picture of what went wrong, and we will ensure that the disastrous events of last week are never repeated,” Abbott’s statement read.

ERCOT, according to its website, has 14 board members a Chair and a Vice Chair.

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