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Power generators, transmission and distribution utilities, electric cooperatives, municipality-owned utilities, ERCOT, the Railroad commission and government representatives all failed to take the necessary steps over the last 10 years that could have averted the issues but what needs to happen so this doesn't happen again? Your comments please..

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Matt Chester on Mar 3, 2021

That's a fair assessment, Al-- there's been a lot of finger pointing over recent weeks, but the truth is that very few of the players are completely free from culpability here. As a starting point, we definitely need to see follow through on that-- hearings, analysis, etc. to get to the bottom of it and not sweep anything under the rug or find any single scapegoat

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Bob Meinetz on Mar 4, 2021

"Texas' largest power cooperative files for bankruptcy; EDPR to install 50 GW renewables by 2030..."

Al, Dr. Eugene Preston has spent a good part of his career working out the kinks in ERCOT's grid architecture, says having a reliable renewables-driven grid will require three times what EDPR hopes to install - and have it online by 2027.

Of course, Preston doesn't have any skin in the game (he's retired), but maybe that's why Texas policymakers should listen to what he has to say. Which do you think would have the better plan for a reliable grid:

  1. A developer who stands to make money on each wind turbine / solar panel he sells, or
  2. A Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UT Austin, certified by the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), with over 50 years of experience in the triumphs and disasters of Texas grid transmission and design?

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