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.

” It simply reveals that fossil fuel is needed for the state of Texas as well as other states to make sure we’ll be able to heat our homes in the winter time and cool our homes in the summertime time,” Abbott stated.

However, Texas is greatly reliant on fossil fuels, with estimates suggesting some 80 percent of the state’s electrical creating capacity may be powered by natural gas, oil and coal.

Natural gas is of particular significance to energy supply in Texas and freezing conditions combined with a lack of winterization measures impacted its supply to the grid.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott reveals the reopening of more Texas organizations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference at the Texas State Capitol on May 18, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Abbott has acknowledged that an absence of winterization resulted in mass power interruptions in the state.
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