‘The State of Texas continues to monitor the reliability of our electric grid’

Governor Abbott meets with state energy leaders to discuss grid reliability, preparedness

AUSTIN, Texas – On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Governor Greg Abbott met with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) leadership. They discussed the ongoing implementation of grid reforms to ensure continued reliability and stability.

The Governor also received a briefing on the Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) report to make sure the State’s electric grid continues to meet demand. The briefing discussed the Texas electric grid’s strong position heading into the fall season. It also mentioned ways that reforms put in place by the State of Texas continue to make the grid stronger, more reliable and resilient.

Governor Abbott discussed ERCOT’s updated planned outage scheduling process. This process makes sure Texas’ generational fleet has the necessary time to conduct maintenance operations during the fall. These operations will increase greater grid reliability.

ERCOT Interim President and CEO Brand Jones, PUC Chairman Peter Lake and Incoming CEO of ERCOT Pablo Vargas joined Governor Abbott. Vegas will assume his role as CEO of ERCOT on Oct. 1, 2022.

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ERCOT Interim President and CEO Brand Jones, PUC Chairman Peter Lake and Incoming CEO of ERCOT Pablo Vargas joined Governor Abbott

Governor Abbott released the following statement

“The State of Texas continues to monitor the reliability of our electric grid, and I thank ERCOT and PUC for their hard work to implement bipartisan reforms we passed last year and for their proactive leadership to ensure our grid is stronger than ever before,” said Governor Abbott. “The beginning of this fall season also marks a new season for ERCOT as we welcome its new CEO, Pablo Vegas. Pablo will be joining ERCOT with an exceptional background in the energy industry, and I look forward to working with him as we continue to build upon the exemplary job that Brad Jones has done as Interim CEO.”

PUC Chairman Peter Lake released the following statement

“Going into the fall, we have sufficient resources to meet demand for power, and we’re very excited to welcome ERCOT’s new president and CEO, Pablo Vegas back to Texas in October,” said PUC Chairman Peter Lake. “As our record-setting summer winds down, now is no time to rest. We will continue to ensure the grid is reliable using all the tools we have, including closely managing outages generators need to take for maintenance.”

The Office of the Texas Governor provided the above information and photo.