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Texas governor vows to overhaul state’s electric grid operator after storm failure

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday (February 24) pledged to overhaul the state’s electric grid operator after a massive blackout left residents without heat, power or water for days.

Abbott made the remarks during a news conference from the State Emergency Operations Center in the state capital, Austin.

State officials are working on proposals to add more power to the electric grid, Abbott said on the eve of state hearings into what caused last week’s outage. Power suppliers “of all sources were not prepared for this winter weather,” he said

“No words, no words can fix what happened or ease the pain that you have endured. But I assure you of this: this legislative session will not end until we fix these problems,” said Abbott.

At least 21 people were killed in Texas in the winter storms that brought subfreezing temperatures for days, cutting power to up to 4.3 million people and causing millions of dollars of damages.

(Production: Ashraf Fahim)


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