Feb 23, 2021
Board leaders of Texas' grid operator ERCOT resign after winter storm outages
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Four board leaders of Texas' embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing power during a deadly winter freeze last week.
All of the board directors stepping down, which included Chairwoman Sally Talberg, live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
The resignations are effective Wednesday, a day before Texas lawmakers are set to begin hearings over the outages in the state Capitol.
SEE ALSO: Gov. Greg Abbott calls on ERCOT leadership to resign during one-on-one interview
READ: Public notice to the Public Utlity Commission
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Biden is reportedly discussing an infrastructure spending plan in the wake of devastating winter storms
South still grappling with water crisis following devastating winter storm Senate Democrats prepare to advance the $1.9 trillion stimulus plan without a $15-an-hour minimum wage © Patrick Semansky/AP Photo President Joe Biden speaks in Texas. Patrick Semansky/AP Photo
- President Joe Biden has reportedly begun talks with lawmakers about infrastructure spending.
- His plan to rebuild roads and bridges may have a "hefty price tag," The Associated Press reported.
- Biden's team has used this month's harsh winter storm in Texas to talk about his plans.
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President Joe Biden and members of his administration have begun talking with congressional lawmakers about his plans to invest in the nation's infrastructure, according to The Associated Press.
Billions of dollars would go to transportation and infrastructure projects as part of the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill passed by House lawmakers on Friday.
But Biden's plans for rebuilding the nation's roads, highways, and bridges could have a much bigger price tag. As a candidate, Biden proposed a 10-year, $1.3 trillion investment.
"Our nation's infrastructure is literally crumbling," the plan said. It continued: "It is unacceptable that one in five miles of our highways are in 'poor condition,' that tens of millions of Americans lack access to high-speed broadband, and that our public schools have repeatedly earned a D+ grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers."
Biden's team has used this month's harsh winter storm in Texas, where millions lost access to power or water, as an opportunity to begin talks about his plans, per AP. That storm reportedly may have caused as much as $50 billion in damages.
Earlier this month, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Homeland Security advisor, told members of the press the federal government and states would need to work together to prepare the country's infrastructure for future challenges, including storms.
"That's going to require the kind of technology, innovation, and close collaboration among the federal government, states, communities, and the private sector that enables us to incentivize the kinds of actions that need to be taken to build critically - to build the kind of resilient infrastructure that we will depend on in the future," Sherwood-Randall said.Read the original article on Business Insider