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Wed Feb 14, 2024, 03:50 PM Feb 2024

House Democrats introduce bill requiring Texas to connect to surrounding grids

It is crazy that most of Texas is NOT connected to the national grid. After the February 2021freeze, I broke down and bought a house generator. My oldest just built a house that has a house generator. This would not be necessary if Texas was in the national grid.

ERCOT has been a great source of political donations to Greg Abbott and GOP assholes.


Reps. Greg Casar, D-Austin, and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, introduced legislation Wednesday that would require the Texas power grid to connect to grids in surrounding states to reduce the possibility of blackouts such as the one that occurred during Winter Storm Uri in February 2021, leaving millions without power.

Politicians in Texas have long resisted connecting to other grids out of concern it would bring them under greater regulation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, leaving the power grid run by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas with little ability to import electricity from other states in times of distress.

"By connecting the ERCOT grid, all Texans and Americans would have more reliable electricity, saving lives in future natural disasters. The U.S. would also be better able to reach its climate goals with Texas’s clean energy production," read a press release from Casar's office.

ERCOT and the Texas Public Utility Commission did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

FERC began work last year on new rules requiring power grids to connect with one another to reduce the chance of a large-scale blackout. And while ERCOT does not fall under FERC’s regulatory authority for power pricing, the commission could require ERCOT to expand interconnections were it to determine doing so was necessary to ensure reliability.
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House Democrats introduce bill requiring Texas to connect to surrounding grids (Original Post) LetMyPeopleVote Feb 2024 OP
I hope it is successful... walkingman Feb 2024 #1
But what would become of the Texas wingnut contractors and donors?!1 - (rueful sarcasm) UTUSN Feb 2024 #2
Be careful! Please! SarahD Feb 2024 #3
We're officially introducing the #ConnectTheGrid Act, which would connect Texas to the nation's major electric grids LetMyPeopleVote Feb 2024 #4


(7,903 posts)
1. I hope it is successful...
Wed Feb 14, 2024, 04:30 PM
Feb 2024

It is ridiculous that the energy capital of America (Texas) cannot supply the necessary electricity for Texas citizens. Ercot is in the backpocket of the fossil fuel industry and after the multibillion dollar castastrophe of 2021 the only thing that happened was Texas government basically did nothing but tried to blame solar and wind for the problem which was BS.

The only reason that Texas has a totally separate grid is because they do not want the Feds to be able to regulate them - Welcome to Texas, which is becoming a shithole thanks to GOP leadership for the last 30 years.


(71,098 posts)
2. But what would become of the Texas wingnut contractors and donors?!1 - (rueful sarcasm)
Wed Feb 14, 2024, 04:34 PM
Feb 2024

Last edited Wed Feb 14, 2024, 05:05 PM - Edit history (1)

Alternate Subject Title: Why I am a Democrat.
Because the Democratic world view is so sweetly innocent, naïve, idealistic. So once again national Dems prove that they don’t have a clue to know how nefarious wingnuts, and specifically Texas ones, are to be up against.

Let me count the ways on how this Democratic initiative is futile: 1- TX wingnuts will *NEVER* let this happen. They claim "independence" from everybody else, "rugged individualism." 2- TX wingnuts have no/zero qualms about letting frail people die, including their own zombie ones. 3- What would become of their dear wingnut contractors and donors?!


(1,647 posts)
3. Be careful! Please!
Wed Feb 14, 2024, 05:27 PM
Feb 2024

We know the Texas system is an electromagnetic hot mess. I hope it doesn't fail and drag the rest of us down with it.

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