U.S. House Oversight Committee investigating operator of Texas' power grid

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The U.S. Capitol on Jan. 12, 2021. Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

A U.S. House subcommittee is investigating the operator of Texas’ power grid for its role in leaving millions without electricity during the destructive winter storm that hammered the state two weeks ago.

U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-California, chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment for the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform wrote in a scathing letter addressed to Bill Magness, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ chief executive, that the grid’s failures were “costly” and disproportionately affected low-income and communities of color.

Khanna is requesting from ERCOT all documents related to preparations, a description of every power generator that experienced failures, and old documents that address the outages the state experienced in 1989 and 2011. The subcommittee asked ERCOT to fork over documents by March 17.