Ex-Texas power grid chief says he was following Greg Abbott’s orders

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  • Source: Axios
  • 02/24/2022
The former head of the Texas power grid on Wednesday testified that he was following Gov. Greg Abbott's instructions when he directed power prices to remain high during last winter's winter storm, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Driving the news: Bill Magness, the former CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, said that former Public Utility Commission Chair DeAnn Walker told him that he was to do whatever necessary to prevent additional blackouts.
  • "She told me the governor had conveyed to her if we emerged from rotating outages it was imperative they not resume," Magness said Wednesday. "We needed to do what we needed to do to make it happen."
The big picture: Power prices were kept at the maximum of $9,000 per megawatt hour, more than 150 times normal prices, during last winter's storm, per the Chronicle.

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