Texas should consider ditching energy grid independence, Dallas mayor says
By Everton Bailey, Jr. February 18, 2021
Texas should consider federal oversight of its energy grid after a statewide power system collapse left millions without electricity, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said Thursday.
“We just have to be honest about the situation: The grid failed us,” Johnson said in his first televised address to the public since storms began Sunday. “And we need to understand why, and every alternative to what we have right now needs to be explored, including joining the rest of the United States and integrating into the national grid.”
The last few days have left him and other Texans “upset,” “frustrated” and “betrayed by those who we depend on to keep the lights on in our city and across the state,” Johnson said.
Reforming the Electric Reliability Council of Texas [ERCOT], the state’s power grid operator, should also be up for discussion as well as all other options after electricity is fully restored, Johnson said.