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Rep. Gohmert to Newsmax TV: Power Companies in Texas Ignored Recommendations to Winterize Plants 10 Years Ago

(Newsmax Tv/"John Bachman Now")

By    |   Monday, 22 February 2021 02:26 PM

Power companies in Texas didn’t winterize their plants like they were told to 10 years ago, leading to the crisis in Texas, says Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.

“Texas’ big problem was they were using resources to move toward solar and wind and did not weatherize their plants. Ten years ago, Texas was told in a report, ‘you’ve got to weatherize your plant,’ but the emphasis was getting kudos from people like (Chuck) Schumer and having more and more intermittent types of power,” Gohmert said Monday during an appearance on Newsmax TV’s “John Bachman Now.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last Friday issued Civil Investigative Demands to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which oversees the electrical grid in Texas, and other power companies.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation in 2011 found Texas power generators were “reactive as opposed to being proactive in their approach to winterization and preparedness” and recommended changes to prevent outages again. But those recommendations weren’t mandated.

“Our chairman of the board of ERCOT in Michigan and vice-chairman of our ERCOT board in California apparently didn’t realize just how important that was,” said Gohmert.

The 2011 report found that 26 power generators that failed during a winter storm that year failed during a similar 1989 storm. 

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Power companies in Texas didn't winterize their plants like they were told to 10 years ago, leading to the crisis in Texas, says Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas. "Texas' big problem was they were using resources to move toward solar...
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