Texas Energy Commitee Hit by Two Lawsuits — Texans seek $10 Million in Damages


“This cold weather event and its effects on the Texas energy grid were neither unprecedented, nor unexpected, nor unforeseen,” the Nueces County suit alleges.

In return, a spokeswoman for ERCOT said the committee will respond to the lawsuits whenever they review them.

“Our thoughts are with all Texans who have and are suffering due to this past week. However, because approximately 46% of privately-owned generation tripped offline this past Monday morning, we are confident that our grid operators made the right choice to avoid a statewide blackout.” The spokeswoman told Insider.

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Nueces County suit said that ERCOT’s generators that failed in 1989 had failed again in the February winter storm. However, the corporation’s efforts “were not adequate, or were not maintained,” stated an investigation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee in 2011.

“The massive amount of generator failures that were experienced raises the question whether it would have been helpful to increase reserve levels going into the event,” the 2011 FERC report said.