Lubbock Businesses Urge Governor Greg Abbott to Fix ERCOT
On Monday, June 14th, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott concerning ERCOT.
Earlier the same day, ERCOT issued an electricity conservation alert and asked Texans to reduce their electricity use all the way through Friday, June 18th.
Many Lubbockites already had concerns over joining ERCOT ever since Winter Storm Uri ravaged the state in February and the group's power grid failed. The City of Lubbock joined the ERCOT power grid this past Memorial Day weekend.
Eddie McBride, President and CEO of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, sent the lette, which reads:
Dear Governor Abbott,
As it did for many Texans, the February winter storm served as an eye-opening experience for the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. Over Memorial Day weekend, most of Lubbock transitioned from the Southwest Power Pool to ERCOT. As such, enhancing the safety and reliability of the state’s electric grid became one of our top priorities during the 87th Legislature’s regular session.
We were encouraged by certain reforms, such as SB 2 and SB 3, but there is still work to be done to ensure businesses and families have reliable access to electricity – especially during severe weather events. Other pieces of legislation, such as HB 1607, would have enhanced transmission but time ran out before the legislation could be approved by both chambers.
Monday’s warnings from ERCOT for customers to conserve energy reinforced that there is still work to be done before our state’s grid reaches an acceptable level of reliability. On behalf of the Lubbock business community, we respectfully urge you to include additional electric reliability measures on any special session agendas.
Thank you for your consideration and leadership.
President and CEO