UPDATED: Texas Lawmakers Dig into Power Outages

Texas lawmakers took their shots at ERCOT as they tried to grasp the complexities of a system that failed during an “unprecedented weather event.” | Texas House of Representatives

American Electric Power CEO Nick Akins called for stepped-up reliability measures following a winter storm that ravaged the Texas grid. | AEP

ERCOT CEO Bill Magness detailed for the Board of Directors the events that led up to last week’s near collapse of the grid during a severe winter storm. | © RTO Insider

Exelon will separate its regulated transmission and distribution utilities from its merchant power generation business. | Exelon

Five out-of-state members of ERCOT’s Board of Directors, including new Chair Sally Talberg, told the Texas PUC they will resign Feb. 24. | CPS Energy

The Texas PUC issued a set of orders intended to protect Texas electricity customers and prevent possible disconnections for non-payment. | PUCT

With the ERCOT system back to normal operations, Texas politicians and regulators are taking initial steps to make sure a similar crisis doesn’t happen again. | Oncor

ERCOT said reserves had been restored and declared a return to normal conditions, ending an emergency that left more than 4 million without power at its peak. | Shutterstock

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