Power outages fuel Texans’ outrage, stir political leaders to ask how they came about
By Allie Morris and Robert T. Garrett February 16, 2021
A political backlash over Texas’ electricity blackouts erupted on Tuesday, with the leader of the Texas House calling for hearings to review how and why the state’s electric grid lost so much power and left millions shivering amid record cold temperatures.
Meanwhile, state officials have offered no concrete timeline for when the more than 4 million customers without power across Texas will get it back. The state’s electric grid operator tweeted on Tuesday that it should be able to restore power to “some customers this afternoon.” Still, several lawmakers called for better information from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
Blackouts began overnight Monday across Texas, as demand for power surged amid freezing temperatures and electricity generators went offline because of the extreme weather.
ERCOT officials briefed state lawmakers Tuesday afternoon, but declined to project when power would come back, suggesting it could be days, he said.