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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Four board members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the entity that manages and operates the electricity grid that covers much of Texas, will resign on Wednesday, according to a notice to the Public Utility Commission.



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"Electric Reliability Council of Texas" is a oxymoron.

#1 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-02-23 09:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Since Texas makes such a big deal about their grid being independent from the rest of the country, what were non residents doing on the board in the first place?

#2 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2021-02-23 09:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Somalis are laughing at -------- Texas.

#3 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2021-02-23 10:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Texas gets a bad rap and is portrayed as some kind of redneck paradise, which probably makes Oklahoma jealous.

But this entire situation really cements the stereotype of Texans as greedy, boorish, stupid loudmouths.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-23 10:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

No mention of whether the board positions were funded or unpaid. Would seem to be a key component.

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-02-24 05:33 AM | Reply

I suspect there are more than a few such boards now looking at the residency of their board members. When it is all a game of beat Wall Street capitalism, then sure, one can live anywhere, including in an RV. But to make things work you have to have your boots on the ground. Still, the rich got richer and the poor got shafted, and isn't that the name of the game?
Hugh Massengill, Eugene Oregon

#6 | Posted by Hughmass at 2021-02-24 07:07 AM | Reply

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92

Conflicts of interest would be too... Independent Texas being run by non-residents - oh the irony. lol

#7 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-02-24 02:37 PM | Reply

Now that I am done laughing... They don't seem like people that would be terrible choices on the surface.

The problem is the board ignored warnings this was coming for over a decade. I don't know any of these people's positions on updating the systems in the state but I can say that while Talberg was a state official in Michigan that the infrastructure was in constant decline.

To too many of the people in this area it is all about controlling costs vs long term planning. For example: the power lines in my neighborhood are about 3/4 bare. They are so old the insulation has fallen off. Not to mention the poles... When the cable guy came out to reconnect us a couple years ago he couldn't scale our pole it is in such bad condition. Michigan's grid is free fall and the Gas network isn't much better. At least Consumers Energy (serving my area) is making efforts with the Gas lines. Some of the larger ones are a hundred years old. They have been working on replacing them for at least 5-6 years. A couple friends of mine works on them so I have heard a lot of things about their condition and that of the Electrical grid from others. This country has sunk a long way infrastructure wise.

#8 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-02-24 03:10 PM | Reply

"The problem is the board ignored warnings this was coming for over a decade."

That's a feature, not a bug.

Trump ignored warnings about COVID-19.

Bush ignored warnings that "Osama Bin Laden Determined To Strike In US."

That's just how Republicans govern.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-24 03:28 PM | Reply

I heard that the ERCOT board positions paid $87,000 per year.


#10 | Posted by OCUser at 2021-02-24 03:28 PM | Reply

I heard that the ERCOT board positions paid $87,000 per year.


Pays for a lot of golf rounds!

#11 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-02-26 04:06 PM | Reply

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