Texas Grid: Generators Must File Winter Planning Report Today

Today is the deadline for Texas power companies to explain what they’ve done to prevent another disaster like a winter storm and grid failure last February.

According to Texas health officials, 210 people died in the freeze between February 11 and March 5 when thousands of households were without power across the state.

Power companies are required to submit a report outlining how they plan to continue operating in the coming winter months.

Reports must be submitted by Wednesday to Texas utility regulators, and are required to include information such as the exact temperatures at which power plants can continue to operate, as well as any training information provided on cold weather preparedness.

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In addition to the report, companies are also required to fix any serious problems that have occurred during the winter freeze.

ABC13 spoke with the CEO of Energy elves, who said these companies have been forced to make a lot of improvements to their systems since the freeze. In his opinion, he thinks the situation is in a better place than it was a year ago.

“And I think a lot of people have gone back and looked at what risks they have,” said Jesson Bradshaw. What kind of minor exposures do they have? And how can they fix those problems?”

ERCOT said it will conduct an inspection to enforce the reports.

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