Legal battles over Texas power failure just getting started
By Mark Curriden February 23, 2021
Freezing temperatures and power outages ended in Texas only a few days ago, but the impact on human life and property caused by the winter storm will be documented in a blizzard of civil litigation.
Nearly a dozen lawsuits have been filed over the past few days – including two wrongful death complaints in Houston and a class action by Houston area residents – against the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and a handful of large power suppliers. Lawyers involved in those cases predict hundreds more cases seeking billions of dollars in damages will be lodged over the next couple of months.
Still, the big-money cases may be yet to come.
Lawyers specializing in energy litigation said a handful of retail power suppliers, distributors and natural gas midstream companies are vulnerable to liability and damages. Four companies – CenterPoint Energy, American Electric Power, Entergy Texas and Griddy – have already been sued in separate lawsuits.