Texas power grid CEO explains what went wrong

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    Bill Magness, president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, explains why so many people lost power in Texas after a massive winter storm.
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    Pubblicato il 10 giorni fa

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    1. Robert Holland

      What a bunch of crap ....the load during summer months with air conditioning and the like is more than the what is

    2. Gordon Reiher

      I hear they're blaming it on the not-yet implemented Green New Deal.

    3. Lucas Louzada

      One has to have a huge ammount of guts to appear on TV to even try to justify anything...

    4. tom king

      Fire him

    5. illiac

      Good luck in your Secession Push, Texas. They couldn't even sustain electricity during one, winter storm.

    6. Yael Bailey

      This is because they don’t believe that the climat is changing. And they pay the price for their ignorance. I hope they learn from this.

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    8. Memelooks Memelooks

      Again never implements himself.

    9. Christopher Gilbert

      In a decent world his ass would be in jail. America is a joke, one big lie.

    10. Andrew Mayfield

      From Central TX here Buddy and how did YOU think a business model like that would work for Texans already in a crisis regarding freezing weather, lack of food, this Covid nonsense, and illegal immigrants taking jobs away??? I am so glad that I stuck with Reliant Energy and was on a fixed plan. Griddy will be a debunk company soon and will go bankrupt. SHOULD be called Greedy or Gritty cause Y'all done us here in the Lone Star state VERY wrong. People should read the fine-print, BUT why price gouge.????!!!! Good luck old man with the lawsuits. Griddy, what a joke of a company and terribly, unethical business practices. (1-year later)... OH WAIT, aren't Y'all BANNED NOW from remaining in the electricity/energy market? Go figure.*

    11. Balla21

      Spend the fucking money and winterize it.. this my friends on the right is why removing all regulations are bad

    12. thedarkness125

      He went wrong.

    13. jack rideout

      BULLCHIT, I CALL BS ON HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS SO-CALLED RESCUE EFFORTS. I AM STRANDED AT A MOTEL ON S HWY 6. NO WATER AND NO POWER FOR 4- DAYS; NO RED CROSS, NO COUNTY RESCUE, NO EMERGENCY WATER, NO RESCUE FOOD; I WOULD HAVE DIED OF DEHYDRATION AFTER DAY 3 BUT FOR A CLEAN UP WORKER AT A STORE WHO RELUCTANTLY AND GENEROUSLY GAVE ME A FEW BOTTLES OF HIS WATER, FOR WHICH I HAD TO GO SEARCHING AND BEGGING IN SUB FREEZING TEMP. MOREOVER, THE INTOWN SUITE MOTEL CHARGED FULL ROOM PRICE FOR THOSE OF US ALREADY STRANDED THERE; WITH NO WATER , NO LIGHTS, NO HEAT, THE BASTARDS DID NOT EVEN OFFER BLANKETS OR BOTTLED WATER TO THEIR PAYING GUESTS AND THE ROOMS COME WITH ONLY A SHEET AND CHEAP BEDSPREAD ! TO ADD INJURY TO INSULT HOUSTON POLICE WERE CALLED TO THROW PEOPLE OUT ON THE STREET IN SUB-FREEZING COLD IF THEY DID NOT HAVE CASH TO PAY THE FULL RATE WHEN BANKING AND CREDIT WAS ALSO SHUT DOWN ! AND THE HOUSTON POLICE SHAMELESSLY DID THROW PEOPLE OUT INTO THE FROZEN HELL !!! SO FUK HARRIS COUNTY AND JOKE LIDEN F@$%ING LIARS, LIARS AND SOULLESS CREEPS FROM HELL

    14. Qkm Ccm

      This man deserves a medal for staying calm and answering her questions reasonably. Most of the comments on this video are from people who do not have any clue about how utilities operate. It amazes me that a state that has a very low tolerance for taxes and government regulations or even just paying a fair price for services could complain about ERCOT not putting additional money into a system to handle a rare event. This is evident with the minimum wage set to the Federal minimum, which is not a livable wage. The electrical grid either needs a few tax dollars (yes, I used the "T" word), or higher rates in order to make the investments necessary to improve the system to be able to accommodate rare events. Is everyone willing to pony up some money for that, or will you do what you always do and complain about rising taxes and prices? This was not a typical event and the preparedness that he described is an acceptable solution for such an event. He answered each question logically and appropriately based on utility operations. She tried to nail him with ridiculous questions like will he resign and he stayed calm and kept the focus on the issue at hand. I don't understand why people expect a resignation every time something fails regardless of where the fault lies. Many of those Texans who are demanding Magness' head are the same ones who installed water heaters outside or built a house with no insulation even though they have A/C running most of the year. Why didn't the water utility bury their pipes deeper so they wouldn't freeze in extreme weather conditions? Did people heat their house to the minimum so that pipes wouldn't freeze while leaving power for others or did they just crank the heat up to 72 (those who have heat)? There is lots of blame to go around, but as Magness said focus on the problem at hand and the rest can be settled later.

    15. Relevant Information

      And thus the word “ready” is redefined....

    16. William Holbrook

      Failure is right. Ya knew days in advance and didn't have plants on standby rdy to respond. It's an epic failure of management.

      1. Andrew Alderman

        It's also an epic failure of state government, since they didn't push for modernization.

    17. Kenneth Beartusk

      Why is this lady asking this dude if he's thinks that he should re-sign? Of course he wouldn't think that. What a dumb way to pose that question.

    18. Peter Marsh

      It is now obvious that this is Canada’s fault.

    19. Tino Gutierrez

      The grid was based upon on capitalism

    20. SolarizeYourLife

      IT'S CALLED GREED and complete ignorance... Homes with solar and battery bank is American Independence...

    21. Huan Nguyen

      You “were ready” by having a plan to cut people off randomly, without any warning, so that you can compensate for the lack of remediation since the 2011 blackout. So what you’re really saying is that, you had 10years, and you still weren’t ready.

    22. Afarro

      “There were so much demand and no supply, what’re u gonna do about it!”

    23. L Underwood

      The 5K,10K electricity bill is bs!

    24. Bill Robbins

      For the sake of Texans, do hope they upgrade and winterize there power grid. Perhaps insulating homes more would help too? This day and age no one is sure what the weather will do.

    25. Brett S

      The total blackout occurred because of the green new deal

      1. Andrew Alderman

        which has not been implemented.

    26. Ryan Mooney

      Here's a guy so totally comfortable with the fact that nothing at all is going to happen to him, the lies don't even have to be plausible. I mean, he answered, "How was this readiness?" with, "It could have been worse." If this was an industry-wide problem, why was I sitting cozy up north where it's historically much *colder* for much *longer?* Texas, and Americans generally, need to demand these folks' heads on a plate or these sorts of interviews are going to continue to be normal.

    27. Mat May

      Well he did not do anything wrong. It was the power plants that did not supply power as they should have

    28. George Turner

      Would consumers STILL get billed if there was a complete power failure?

    29. Bruin Gold

      He's accountable. He knows it but is being respectable and non-defensive. He'll be out of a job in a week or so but deserves credit for his integrity. We need a lot more people like him in leadership positions.

      1. TDawg

        I can't tell if this is sarcasm... lol People like him are the reason why Texas is in this mess. Quite an asinine comment.

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    31. Hung Lo

      Meanwhile Floridians be like, "Y'all wasn't prepared for Mother Nature was you?"

    32. tommy fred

      US phone, power, water and internet are a joke. if most Americans could see the what we pay and what we get in the UK they would be up in arms and demanding the same high quality.

    33. Masum Abid

      Wolf is explaining why he had to eat a whole lamb for a good reason.

    34. Marla O'Hanlon

      You mean regulate the system....lol

    35. chaosawaits

      Outstanding answers

    36. Mik Rod

      They blamed it on windmills lol on Fox News

    37. cristian david miller gonzalez

      Well, people working in power industry know there is always a trade-off between price and resiliency, being prepared for a highly improbable issue is expensive so governments prefer to invest in education and things like that, and taxpayers like low cost electricity, however when unexpected problems like the Texas extreme winter come it is much more expensive than what it would be if investments were made from the beginning.

    38. Shakkar Zimmerman

      It's always the middleman we got to worry about need an upgrade systems outdated

    39. Anthony Coz

      ERCOT is Supposed To Manage the POWER GRID. Either they CAN or CAN NOT Turn Off & Turn On portions of the Grid to Manage Loads (CURRENT DRAW) so Transmission Equipment DOES BURN UP !!! /// The sophistication of their control IS limited. THEY COULD NOT FINE TUNE OFFs/ONs & DISTRIBUTE "SHORT TERM BLACK OUTS" OVER THE ENTIRE STATE *So Everybody Would Only Share Short Term Pain. & *The Grid was Protected from Burning Up, Or *Avoided Complete Shutdown (Months to recover, either way). OUR PROPRIETARY, TEXAS ONLY POWER SYSTEM IS BIG TIME LAME-O.

    40. Andrej Pekar

      Hmm is probably scam :-)

    41. xXHamatoYoshiXx

      What went wrong? The state is controlled by an ideology that puts personal gains over public well being. An ideology that the world no longer tolerates, and one that wasn't eradicated in the last civil war. An ideology that uses fear, misinformation, and all sorts of tactics to deviate from objective reality, science, and reason. An ideology that is essentially the greatest threat to American democracy.

    42. Jim S

      The Grid was ready and did its job. The power plants (which ERCOT does not control) were a complete failure

    43. punknhead23

      Rep. Sylvester Turner must have been rolling his eyes and slapping his forehead last week.

    44. Paul Carmona

      You must understand as the CEO he actually does nothing. It's the best job in the world how would he give it up?

    45. Aaron

      Republican "leaders" can never seem to accept responsibility for anything. They never apologize, they never seek in-depth answers, they never work collaboratively to develop solutions. Just shift blame, pretend they did everything they could, and gaslight until they've successfully muddied the waters.

    46. ShinySonic 35

      I mad but not anymore it is the water that I’m pissed off about

    47. Nicolas233

      Lol why say that the demand was the issue when its logical..if your systems fail from not being winterize then a storm will knock some problems and you have to do with what you got.

    48. Jeff Horsager

      The CNN lady doesn't know how the grid works. How many times is she going to ask him why the generators weren't working? Why doesn't she ask the person in charge of the generators? The power companies. Because it ain't this guy. He sits in front of a control room in front of knobs and dials. He has no control over whether suppliers can suppy. That's on them. They failed.

    49. Skeletor04

      I thought everyone used heat in the winter

    50. Aiden Rae

      And they want to secede? See ya! Good luck!

    51. 10469

      Just so we know how much power they put out.. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_power_stations_in_Texas

    52. 10469

      They shut the system down on purpose.. they are lying

    53. Angel Strunk

      if you look at 2:41 he says they don't actually own the power generation or transmission lines. I don't know much about ERCOT and i don' live in Texas however if this is the truth then its my opinion that this guy and everyone in ERCOT shouldn't be held responsible. You can't work on things you don't own and I doubt they had the power to force these companies to prepare ahead of time for a winter storm and the most they could do was give a warning. I would love to see your thoughts and information about this issue.

    54. W C

      So the state of Texas' electrical grid as a whole system, is designed to be a single point of failure as it does not have the redundancy of supplemental energy from neighboring states in case a catastrophic disaster occurs. Collective willful ignorance on an Epic level.

    55. Phil Pedro

      She reminds me of the South Park character, Captain Hindsight.

    56. Subhas Chandra Boss

      He needs an apologist from RZIM.

    57. Melanie Cotterell

      that dumb broad should listen instead of trying to blast the dude. He said the problem was that people were using too much power. Get it.

    58. alan foxall

      Technically this guy is confirming that the Texas network is inherently unstable in dealing with adverse weather conditions. Perhaps the CEO and his people should (after the pandemic) take a trip to Europe and see have proper networks cope with similar or worse conditions.

    59. El acertijo X

      All lies, Let me explain, first they said that there was no gas and closed the pipes into México, but one week later President Nicolás Maduro offered gas to México and miraculously the governor of Texas started pumping gas again into México, so there was no shortage. This guy says that the power plants went down because of the cold which leaves us with questions, the power plants in Texas are from the 19th century? Or the people that work there have no clue of what they are doing ? Or Is all a lie and was a sabotage against Texans?

    60. Phil Pedro

      Blame should be spread to all. Legislators, regulators, corporate officers and engineers, sure. But customers also should collectively share blame. If you know the system will be under stress, don't run every appliance in your house. You need heat but don't run it to 80 degrees with the TV, every light on, dishwasher, washer/dryer and whatever else you do during normal conditions. You leave your faucets dripping so your pipes don't freeze and burst. Seems this guy and the engineers did the best they could with what was available to them. The interviewer probably has little knowledge of how the systems operate and is trying to set up a 'gotcha' moment ratings soundbite.

    61. Julie Conway

      They were ready to raise prices, collect money and turn the power off. They are ready to explain how it happened and how that the snow and ice is gone and everybody needs to forget about it. All the while in private the power company will remind the Republican leaders in Texas how much money they have given to their campaigns. I wonder if the politicians in Texas get divadin payments for this power corporation.

    62. kbhvac

      If you expect no inconvenience and discomfort in this life, then be prepared to be disappointed and disillusioned. . Texas has experienced tremendous population increases in the recent decades. The infrastructure has failed to keep pace with the increased demands. . The free market will respond to the demands. . Just hope that the COVID-19 virus suffered more than we humans during this recent Polar Vortex.

    63. The Rad Fems

      2:43 Where does personal responsibility come into this? Regulator with no power to compel preparedness is being scapegoated because none of the generators or distributors that they manage were prepared. Texas is always shouting about personal responsibility until something bad happens to them.

    64. Rocky Balboa

      Who said “ incompetent government kills! “. Go Green and Freeze.

    65. Johnny Walker

      Appearing on CNN is enough for me, lock him up.

    66. Andre Rodriguez

      I thought all the wind turbines did it? That’s what the governor of Texas said.

    67. The Rad Fems

      They HAVE been saying winter was coming....

    68. GoodestBoiCereal

      they don't need to make any fucking reviews to avoid shit like this happening. There are literally thousands of power grids and electrical systems that work through winter conditions like this and even colder conditions just fine because those systems are winterized. I can see where they are coming from when they believed that it wasn't necessary because it never gets that cold in Texas, but that's not the world we live in anymore and I think that spending the money to ACTUALLY make the system ready is worth it over people freezing to death in their own beds

    69. trey graham

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    70. Steve Harris

      Basically the guy didn’t do his job.

      1. Andrew Alderman

        or the state government didn't allow to him to.

    71. Lady You Go

      Republician Constituents thee Govonor, Cruz and AG , other Republicians members need to resigned they need the Federal Govt. to come in to help Texans instead of Cruz in Cancun and AG vacationing they need to it had nothing to do with the green deal

    72. Josi Dasilva

      Solution: every texan house with an electric car. Charge its battery during low demand and use it for household power supply at peak. This would increase the existing grid capacity by 150%.

    73. Beth Wilson

      This guy should be a politician. He already has the BS justification down to skirt around not answering the questions he was ask. A situation can not be fixed if they can't admit the truth of how this happened. The truth is......they care more about money than they do about people's lives. Its clear the Texas politician are being paid off by the electric company!

    74. BeShared Rotterdam

      White privilige that this guy has such a position. As usual.

    75. Jay Persing

      Okay, ercot fucked up massively, but uh...maybe grilling the guy on whether or not he's gonna lose his job live on air is a bit...much? That's a very heavy question to ask someone without warning. NOBODY IS GONNA ANSWER THAT QUESTION WELL. Especially when put on the spot live? You can dance around it to answer the question without going 'hey how do you feel about loosing your job' For example: Many Texans are upset with how ercot handled this crisis, what would you want to say to them? 15 people are dead this week, because of the power outages, what would you like to say to them? Texas had a similar problem 11 years ago which showed that the grid was NOT prepared for another event like that. Why didn't ercot winterize the grid then? Do you commit to winterizing the grid in the near future? 'Are you going to resign?' As a question on the surface looks like a good question that answers things in a useful way, but in actuality does fuckall in the realm of actual information that people need. On top of that it's just...a dick move. It's like asking a waitress for thier number while they are at work. I doubt the dude knows yet either way, that's a massive decision and a thing you need to discuss with your family and your boss (the governor). And potentially, if he resigns, especially right now, balls could get dropped. That's a thing you handle after the emergency is over and delt with.

    76. Sergio Diaz

      the face of greed

    77. V M

      Karma! power outage justice reaction to the covid nonsense. Media's participation in the covid brainwashing campaign onto the public has serious consequences. No covid virus exists lady's and gentlemen. The sooner the media and Government lunatics STOP their evil acts against the public the better the situation will be.

    78. JackDrinkn2DollarJim

      I'll tell you what went wrong, YOU SHOVED TOO MUCH MONEY IN YOU'RE OWN POCKETS!!!

    79. Pierre Zidor

      Where is any question about the $17,000 electricity bill for several customers down there?

    80. Aivars Norenbergs

      Back in the former Soviet Union it would be considered as an act of sabotage. If people and a state suffer the top echelon of executives get lined up and shot because of their inability to perform their duties.

    81. HighandDry

      That guy is an expert of what went wrong! Was there no weather forecasting! Is he an idiot? He doesn’t look either smart or stupid. His story and the governor’s are completely different. He gave assurances! What a stupid explanation, the lady asked you why you weren’t ready. If Texans are waiting for this guy to figure it out. He’s going to launch a committee to study the obvious! Fire his worthless ass.

    82. TheONE S

      So solar isn’t really a good investment?

    83. Simon Jones

      They were unprepared. They kept the profit, and did not invest in proofing their gear.

    84. Natalie

      What a snake

    85. Bob Lob Law

      Power should not be privatized.

    86. Rockstar 6900

      So much for that green energy what happened all those windmills

    87. c d

      The Texas politicians owned by Big Money are to blame--greedy, unregulated capitalism at its worse, no matter what horseshit stories they try to pedal.

    88. newSogn

      “I think everyone in the utility industry, is going to have to look at and determine how we manage systems this intense in the winters” Simple: dear Minnesota, dear Utah, dear Montana.... how do you do it? it was cold but not “THAT COLD” that everyone needs to reevaluate how they do winter.....the info is out there, this dude just needs to ask then do.

    89. Gabe Garino

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    90. Victor Ronkwane

      Ready to bomb any country at any given time, But not enough PPE for true heroes....health front line workers at the start of covid. Could not control covid like other countries, Now Texas cant warm the public. What happened to exceptionalism.....mind boggling!!

    91. DamnMyEyes

      I bet if he had a do over on this interview... he would have not done the interview.

    92. ADvorak

      You want an unregulated electric system, you get unregulated electricity. Trusting the competence in people who have to work with what’s there at the hour or minute - that is one thing. How about the people who were supposed to do the long term planning, getting reserves and connections into place, etc? Either there is a lack of competence or someone decided it was too expensive …

    93. Antonio Martins

      Well Texans voted for this, they defended it for years, therefore I'm quite sure they can easily and without problems afford massive electric bills... So why are they complaining about it? They choose it.

    94. You know my name.

      Ohhh they were ready to Warn everybody. Hey that makes sense, right???

    95. chrispy Criter

      how long has ted cruz been in charge of texas/this falls on the senitors /goverers/mayers /city officials shoulders

    96. Neldawg

      Jeff? Ken? Andy? Lou? That you? Thought one of you was dead and the other in prison? 🧐🤔

    97. Paul Kossak

      Don't blame this guy it's the GOP douche bags that run the state.

    98. Alan Jack

      Doesn’t Texas have it own system? So why were you in trouble ? We had a windstorm ( couple years ago ) we had 500.000 people out of power , had my power out for 2hours , my Aunt was out for 5 days .

    99. KennedyJr63

      Lame excuses from this guy

    100. kydrythm

      He was paid to murder people basically. Job well done.