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All four out-of-state board members of the Texas power grid operator submitted their resignations after millions of people lost power during last week’s major snowstorm.

Sally Talberg, board chairwoman; Peter Cramton, vice chairman; Terry Bulger, finance and audit chairman; and Raymond Hepper, human resources and governance committee chairman, will resign at the end of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas board meeting on Wednesday, according to a notice from the Public Utility Commission of Texas posted on Tuesday.

“We have noted recent concerns about out-of-state board leadership at ERCOT. To allow state leaders a free hand with future direction and to eliminate distractions, we are resigning from the board effective after our urgent board teleconference meeting adjourn,” the four said in their resignation letter to ERCOT board members, which was also posted by the commission.

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The outgoing board members noted that they will continue to review the state's power grid failure prior to their Wednesday departure in an effort to ensure that the state is better prepared in the future.

“Before we step aside, we are beginning the process of reviewing this extreme cold weather event and resulting power crisis,” they added. “With the right follow through, Texas can lead the nation in investing in infrastructure and emergency preparedness to withstand the effects of severe weather events — whether in the form of flooding, drought, extreme temperatures, or hurricanes. We want what is best for ERCOT and Texas.”

Craig Ivey, president of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, withdrew his application from the pool of candidates to fill the vacancy on the board, which is made up of 16 people, five of whom must be “unaffiliated with any market segment and selected by the other members of the governing body.”

“ln order to avoid becoming a distraction, l'm requesting that ERCOT withdraw my petition for approval to serve as an Unaffiliated Director,” Ivey said in his letter to Shelly Botkin, commissioner of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. “The response to recent events will require the full attention of leaders in the state and at ERCOT.“

The resignations will leave every unaffiliated director position vacant, and no candidates immediately available have been vetted.

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Thousands were left without power or running water for days during the height of the storm and shortly thereafter. Gov. Greg Abbott called for an investigation into ERCOT's failure during the storm with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

“Reviewing the preparations and decisions by ERCOT is an emergency item so we can get a full picture of what caused this problem and find long-term solutions,” he said after demanding that the Texas Legislature take up the issue.

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The Rocket League Championship Series X is approaching the finish line with teams racing toward the upcoming RLCS X Spring Split. 

Much like with the Fall and Winter Splits, the Spring Split will change the RLCS format slightly, swapping from the Winter Split’s double-elimination format to a 20-team blend of three different styles—though the event will still be online and regional.

The event will start with a round-robin group stage, featuring four groups of five teams with the last-placed squad being eliminated at the end of day one. The 16 remaining teams will then move into a double-elimination bracket called the Knockout Gauntlet, which is split between an upper and lower bracket. 

The top two seeds from each group will be placed in the upper bracket, while the bottom two seeds that survived the opening round will enter the lower bracket.

In total, the eight teams that survive will qualify for the final single-elimination bracket on day three, with the winner being crowned the regional champion. 

As with previous RLCX events, each region will have its own Major, though they’ll function as half versions of the regional events. The top 10 teams in each region (nine top points earners and one wildcard from RLCS: The Grid) will make the cut. As a result, the point and prizing distribution has changed for both the regional events and Majors. 

Regional event point and prizing
  • First place: 451 points, $30,000
  • Second place: 350 points, $15,000
  • T-third: 280 points each, $8,000 each
  • T-fifth: 210 points each, $5,000 each
  • T-ninth: 150 points each, $2,000 each
  • T-13th: 110 points each, $1,500 each
  • T-17th: 70 points each, $1,250 each
Major point and prizing
  • First place: 902 points, $36,000
  • Second place: 700 points, $18,000
  • T-third: 560 points each, $10,000 each
  • T-fifth: 420 points each, $5,000 each
  • T-ninth: 300 points each, $3,000 each

Because there are so many matches, teams will be streaming their day zero matches, which consist of the first three rounds of the round-robin stage. The streams will then be centralized on the official Rocket League channels starting with day one. 

Each region will have three regional events over the next two months, starting with Europe’s first run on March 11 and leading into the EU Major on May 15. North America’s regionals start on March 18 and the Major will begin on May 22. 

Some updates have also been made to RLCS: The Grid, including the return of The Grid: Overtime show and a new tournament format. 

  • The Grid is now a 16-team, single round-robin “League Play” format.
  • Each team will play three matches each day over the course of five days.
  • The top six teams from League Play will advance to The Grid Playoffs.
  • The Grid Playoffs are a Page Playoff Bracket and will be played out over one day.

More information about the Spring Split, including broadcast details and full schedules, will be shared soon. 

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