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The League of Women Voters of Texas Calls on Texas Legislature to Plan for Future Extreme Weather Conditions

Contributed by Grace Chimene, President, League of Women Voters of Texas

Austin, Texas. February 20, 2021

As millions of Texans are without power and water due to continuing severe weather conditions, the League of Women Voters of Texas calls on the Texas Legislature, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) network to take responsibility for this failure of our independent power grid and develop plans and systems to prevent future disasters like this one.

These power failures demonstrate the need for accountability and evaluation on the part of our elected leaders and the ERCOT network. Instead of providing the public with accurate, straightforward information, some elected leaders are pointing fingers and alleging that renewable clean energy resources are to blame. The League of Women Voters of Texas calls on our State leaders to provide assistance and answers.

"It is time for our leaders to develop sound policies that will explain how the Texas power grid will be sustained in the increasingly extreme weather. Texans need a resilient infrastructure that includes energy conservation, air pollution controls, along with the promotion of renewable energy resources," said Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas.

Chimene continued, "We are thankful that House Speaker Dade Phelan called on two committees, Energy Resources, and State Affairs to hold hearings on Feb. 25, 'for the express purpose of helping Texans understand what went wrong and how we can prevent these conditions from happening again."

The League of Women Voters of Texas

With over 100 years of experience, the League of Women Voters is one of America’s oldest and most trusted civic nonprofit organizations. The League of Women Voters of Texas has been "educating and agitating" since 1919. The Texas League represents over 13,000 grassroots advocates and 34 local Leagues across the State of Texas.

The League of Women Voters encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership in the League is open to people 16 and older.

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