Sally Talberg, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ERCOT, Peter Cramton, Vice Chairman of the Board, Terry Bulger, Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee, and Raymond Hepper, Chairman of the Human Resources and Governance Committee, submitted a joint resignation letter, acknowledging that the “pain and suffering of Texans” lost electricity, heat and Zhou poured water at extremely low temperatures.
Although most Texas has electricity now, some of their electricity suppliers will no longer be available. More than 7 million people have interrupted their water use, including warnings to boil water before use or there is no tap water at all.
The outgoing board members wrote in the letter that their resignation was “to give national leaders the freedom to let go of the future and eliminate interference.”
They also said that they “note the recent concerns about the leadership of ERCOT’s out-of-state board.”
According to public records, Talberg lives in Michigan, Cramton lives in California, and Hepper lives in Maine. According to the ERCOT website, Bulger lives in Wheaton, Illinois.
Board candidate Craig Ivey also withdrew his name from consideration on the board due to concerns about the out-of-state board.
The ERCOT charter requires 16 board members, of which 5 must have nothing to do with any market segment.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott welcomed his resignation.
Abbott said in a statement: “When Texans desperately needed electricity, ERCOT failed to fulfill their duties, and Texans had to cut out and tremble at home.” “The leadership of ERCOT ensured that Texas’ electric infrastructure was ready for the winter storm. Prepare, but these guarantees proved to be devastating.”
ERCOT said in a statement, “The cooperation with the Texas Legislature seems to be going well, and we thank the outgoing board members for their services.
Sky-high electricity bill
Public Utilities Commission spokesman Andrew Barlow (Andrew Barlow) said that the severe cold weather has caused a surge in electricity consumption, forcing many retail electricity suppliers to withdraw from the market.
It is not clear how many customers need to be transferred to the new power company. But in Texas, rising energy costs have led to astronomical electricity bills.
After the first two weeks of February, she was automatically charged a fee of $1,346.17, which is more than the amount in her checking account.
She told KPRC: “The whole thing is a nightmare.”
Hosford told the gas station that she chose to pay for electricity in wholesale, in which prices fluctuate based on demand. But when the temperature reached record lows and the power supply was damaged, these prices soared.
DeAndrew Upshaw said that he charged $6,700 in electricity bills for the 900-square-foot townhouse, and some of his friends were unable to pay the rent due to automatic payment of electricity bills.
The Texas Public Utilities Commission, the Texas public utility regulator, said on Saturday that it is investigating “factors combined with destructive winter weather that disrupted the power supply to millions of homes in Texas.” “
Federal, state and some local assistance
He said that the State Public Utilities Commission suspended the work stoppage without payment.
Abbott said: “Due to the surge in the energy market, Texans who have suffered several days of freezing and power outages should not bear the soaring energy bills.”
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (Sylvester Turner) on Monday announced a relief fund for residents of Houston and Harris County to help cover expenses that the federal and state governments would not bear.
He said the fund will support individuals and non-profit organizations to help them carry out house repairs and temporary housing.
Turner said: “We don’t want you to feel like you are alone in it.”
“Recognizing that there are many families in uninsured situations, they do not have the financial means to repair…their ceilings have fallen, furniture and other items have been damaged, and they are really emphasizing how to move forward… we are working to establish a fund , A relief fund to help people.”
27% of Texans have water problems
With the increase in rescue work, many people in the state are still struggling to supply water to their homes.
Gary Russ, spokesman for the Texas Environmental Quality Council, said that about 7.9 million people were still affected by water on Tuesday, such as water heating notices.
Rapp said that more than 1,200 public water supply systems have been damaged throughout the state. The system that serves fewer than 120,000 people has yet to provide services.
A week after the storm, some water supply systems began to recover. Rasp said that by Monday night, about 326 boiling water notifications had been dropped. Galveston and Houston cancelled their boiling water recommendations on Sunday.
Houston officials advise customers to use the cold water tap for at least one minute. Pour several batches of ice from the automatic ice maker; and run the water softener through the regeneration cycle.
The city’s water company Austin Water said on Tuesday that in Austin, all customers’ notifications for boiling water have been lifted.
Randi Jenkins, a spokesperson for Austin Water, told CNN that water use has surged by 250% due to water dripping from dripping taps and pipe breakage caused by freezing.
The leader said, record the loss
Abbott said that for residents who have suffered long-term damage, the state plans to bring in plumbers to help repair damaged pipelines. He urged residents to contact their insurance agent.
He said that those who are uninsured may be eligible for FEMA reimbursement. They will need to be able to record any losses.
He said residents should also contact the local emergency coordinator for reimbursement.
Houston Mayor Turner (Turner) also urged residents to record damage to their homes in case they can be compensated.
He said: “Use your video to take pictures.”
CNN’s Carma Hassan, Deanna Hackney, Hollie Silverman, Chuck Johnston, Gisela Crespo, Barbara Starr, Ralph Ellis, Shawn Nottingham, Keith Allen, Samira Said and Stella Chan contributed to this.