(Reuters) – Texas’ Public Utilities Commission (PUC) says eight power generation companies failed to submit winter readiness reports by the December 1 deadline, violating rules passed to avoid power outages and other emergencies like freezing in February of last winter.
Wednesday’s move is the latest in a series of state measures aimed at preventing a repeat of disruption caused by winter storm Uri in February, which left more than 100 people dead and about 4.5 Millions of homes and businesses in Texas are without electricity and heat – many of which have been for days.
Of the 850 state-owned power generation sources, the PUC has identified 13 facilities owned by eight companies that have missed their deadlines.
The PUC did not name the eight companies, but said it recommended an additional $7.5 million in administrative fines for reporting errors.
The 13 sources can generate 801 megawatts (MW) of electricity, less than 1% of the state’s 120,000 MW capacity.
One megawatt can power about 1,000 homes in the US on average, but only about 200 on a hot summer day.
“(PUC) cannot tolerate the failure of these companies to submit their readiness reports,” PUC CEO Thomas Gleeson said in the statement, noting that readiness reports are very important to ensure the fleet is better prepared to provide service during severe winter weather.
The PUC said penalties for breaking weather rules have increased to $1 million per day for each violation.
The PUC said units that receive violations have 20 days to respond and may request a hearing.
In addition to weathering regulations, in recent weeks the state has reduced its wholesale electricity price limit from $9,000 per megawatt hour (MWh) to $5,000 to protect customers from rising electricity bills and passed new regulations to keep electricity flowing to fuel-powered natural gas facilities. to supply power to power plants.
(Reporting by Scott DiSavino; editing by Jason Neely)
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