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How Weatherizing Our Grid Would Have Prevented Blackouts

February 23, 2021   |   Posted by: Begum Law Group
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Ten years ago, freezing temperatures left 3 million people without power as the Super Bowl was happening outside of Dallas. Now last week, more than 4 million Texans were left without electricity in temperatures hitting as low as 11 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result, more than 70 Texas have died, and $21 billion and damages were caused. During a time when Texas needed power the most, the grid failed and people suffered as a result. Unfortunately, this is not an unheard-of situation. Texas power regulators failed to heed the lessons learned in the 2011 and 1989 cold snap.

A 2011 report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation was highly critical of ERCOT. They outlined the issues ERCOT faced with the 2011 power outages. Despite this detailed report, ERCOT failed yet again despite having warning that this winter storm was coming. According to the Federal report, these failures were similar to the failures that caused the loss of power in 1989. That makes 3 times ERCOT has failed to ensure Texans had enough power to endure the freezing cold.

According to experts, the grid is cut off from the rest of the country’s energy supply by design to prioritize ERCOT, which is not even a state agency. ERCOT is a nonprofit run by unelected board officials. Many of which live out of state. As of now, ERCOT has not released a list of facilities that have failed. So, it remains unclear how many of the failed generators are the same generators that failed in the past.

Call the Begum Law Group Injury Lawyers

ERCOT has failed to heed years of warnings. The Begum Law Group Injury Lawyers is looking to hold ERCOT and other Texas-based energy companies responsible for the collapse of our energy grid. If you have suffered significant property damage as a result of power outages, lost a loved one, or your medical care was significantly harmed to lack of power, you may qualify in this lawsuit. All consultations are free. You pay no fees unless we win. No payments are needed upfront. All of our clients are signed up on a contingency fee basis. contact Begum Law Group Injury Lawyers right away. We can handle the legalities of your case while you focus on recovering. With our skilled legal representation by your side, you may be able to secure full and fair compensation for your damages. Contact us at (866) 523-4167 to schedule a free case evaluation.

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