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Cloud joins leaders demanding ERCOT accountability

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Posted at 5:33 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 18:33:22-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEX. — The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, has been under fire for power failures associated with the "Big Freeze".

Leaders are demanding accountability from ERCOT.

U.S. Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX 27) was in Corpus Christi Friday, meeting with local leaders to see what can be done for the Coastal Bend in the wake of the cold temperatures.

Cloud is one of 16 Texas congressional representatives who signed a letter to ERCOT, asking for answers as to why millions of Texans were left without power this week, some for days.
Those representatives included a list of questions for ERCOT officials, including what was done to prepare ahead of the severe weather, and what will be done to prevent similar outages in the future.

One concern Cloud has is with where ERCOT's Board of Directors are located.

"Texas usually gets it right," said Cloud. "One of the issues we have here is that the leadership of ERCOT is not based in Texas. We need to make sure, at a minimum, that we have people who have Texas interests in mind, that are going to be affected by the decisions that they make."

Cloud says he and his family currently have electrictity, but have been without water for several days.

When asked about the recent controversy surrounding Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his vacation to Cancun in the middle of the crisis, Cloud said the reaction has distracted from the real issues, the fact that millions of Texans are struggling to recover from the "Big Freeze".