Texans have slammed Gov. Greg Abbott for power generation issues after he repeatedly bragged about the state’s power grid.
“Another promise made and another promise broken. @GregAbbott_TX maybe you could put the extra $531 million you asked for for your failed Operation Lone Star and actually #FixTheGrid to good use,” tweeted Rep. Veronica Escobar, a Democrat from Texas, on Saturday, referring to the governor’s efforts to limit migrant crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border.
His remark came after the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) asked Texans to conserve power after “six power generation facilities” went offline on Friday amid rising temperatures and the high demand for electricity.
The power outages resulted in the loss of about 2,900 MW of electricity, according to the agency in a press release on its website.
“We’re asking Texans to save energy when they can by setting their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher and avoiding the use of large appliances (such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers). -laundry) during peak hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekends,” ERCOT said.
Although Texans are being urged to ration their electricity use amid warnings of power outages, Abbott previously claimed in early February that the state already has a strong power grid in the run-up to powerful snowstorms.
“The power grid is more reliable and resilient than ever, and we continue to respond to the impact of this winter storm,” he tweeted.
The governor made similar remarks in November 2021 when local Fox 7 Austin news station asked him about his confidence in and expectations for the power grid as the weather began to cool.
“Listen very confident about the grid and I can tell you why, for my part, I have signed almost a dozen laws that make the electricity grid more efficient,” he said, adding that he could “guarantee that the lights will stay on”.
Meanwhile, Abbott has come under fire from former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who is also his Democratic challenger for governor in this year’s midterm elections.
O’Rourke tweeted Friday: “Abbott asked ERCOT to hold this until 5 a.m. on a Friday because he wants to bury him. He doesn’t want Texans to know that he STILL can’t keep the power going in the world capital of energy. When I ‘As governor, we will fix the grid, reduce energy bills and put people before profits.”
ERCOT’s warnings about power grid conditions come after Texans suffered a severe storm last February that knocked out power across the state, killed more than 200 people and left many without power for days, depending on the Telegram from the Star of Fort-Worth. Since then, the agency has been alerting Texans to possible power outages caused by high electricity usage.
Newsweek contacted Governor Abbott’s office for comment.