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Texas Gov. Abbott signs two bills in response to winter storms

After winter storms wreaked havoc on the Texas power grid and caused many residents to go days without electricity during periods of extremely low temperatures, Gov. Greg Abbott signed two bills into law last Tuesday aiming to improve the state’s main power grid and make changes within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Under Senate Bills 2 and 3, Texas will now require the weatherization of power generation facilities, natural gas facilities and transmission facilities to handle extreme weather. The Texas Railroad Commission and ERCOT will be required to inspect these facilities, and failure to weatherize these facilities could result in a penalty of up to $1 million.

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