Texas Gov. Greg Abbott immediately released this statement after learning four out-of-state board members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) are resigning:
“When Texans were in desperate need of electricity, ERCOT failed to do its job and Texans were left shivering in their homes without power. ERCOT leadership made assurances that Texas’ power infrastructure was prepared for the winter storm, but those assurances proved to be devastatingly false. The lack of preparedness and transparency at ERCOT is unacceptable, and I welcome these resignations. The State of Texas will continue to investigate ERCOT and uncover the full picture of what went wrong, and we will ensure that the disastrous events of last week are never repeated.”
A filing with a Public Utilities Commission board chairman Sally Talberg, board vice chairman Peter Cramton, finance and audit committee chairman Terry Bulger, and human resources and governance committee chairman Raymond Hepper are resigning at the end of the ERCOT board meeting Wednesday morning.
Craig S. Ivey, who was set to fill the vacant “Unaffiliated Director” role on ERCOT’s board, is withdrawing his candidacy.
In a letter to the other ERCOT board members dated Tuesday, the four members resigning said in part, “We have noted recent concerns about out-of-state board leadership at ERCOT” and plan to resign to “eliminate distractions” during Wednesday’s teleconference meeting.