Texas Governor Greg Abbott has conceded that the recent mass power interruption in the state was because of failures in the network including all sources of power, not simply green energy.
The Republican politician had at first sought to blame renewables for the outage, which left 4 million individuals in Texas without power or heat in the middle of freezing temperatures. Some also experienced a lack of water.
Abbott spoke to the state in a telecasted address on Wednesday and acknowledged that the failure to winterize the Texas grid was to blame and both green energy and fossil fuels were impacted.
The governor said “terrible does not even start to describe” what many Texans have actually recently experienced.
” A number of you are upset – and you have a right to be. I’m upset too. At a time when necessary services were needed the most, the system broke. You are worthy of answers. You will get those responses.”
Abbott, speaking from State Emergency Operations Center in Austin, blamed the operator of the state’s grid, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and stated he would introduce reforms to implement winterization, according to the Texas Tribune.
” I ensure you this: This legal session will not end up until we repair these problems,” Abbott said.
” The reality is, power generation from all sources buckled under the harsh, freezing winter weather condition. That consists of gas, coal, nuclear, along with wind and solar,” the guv went on.