The new ERCOT CEO is working to rebuild Texans’ confidence after record summer

AUSTIN, Texas – Some Austin energy Customers told us back in July that their bills were higher because they blew up the air conditioning to brave the extreme heat.

Meanwhile, state power grid officials said Thursday they had had a successful summer. The head of Public Supply Commission (PUC) said the power grid is more reliable than ever.

In 2022, Texans endured a summer with several days of record-breaking energy demands, including setting a new record just this Wednesday for the month of October, but the PUC said the grid has withstood the challenges and ERCOT never intervened in emergency situations.

ERCOT’s new CEO, Pablo Vegas, knows Texans are wary of trusting the net after the 2021 winter storm, and he’s working to regain that trust.

“We will continue to be tested. We continue to pass these tests, and that’s how we build trust and belief in the reliability of the power grid,” Vegas said.

According to Vegas, ERCOT is still pursuing plans to weather the facilities. It also carefully schedules outages for repairs so there is still reliable power generation. The new ERCOT CEO is working to rebuild Texans’ confidence after record summer

Laura Coffey

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