Texas power grid CEO explains what went wrong

19 feb 2021
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Bill Magness, president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, explains why so many people lost power in Texas after a massive winter storm.
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  • Here's a guy so totally comfortable with the fact that nothing at all is going to happen to him, the lies don't even have to be plausible. I mean, he answered, "How was this readiness?" with, "It could have been worse." If this was an industry-wide problem, why was I sitting cozy up north where it's historically much *colder* for much *longer?* Texas, and Americans generally, need to demand these folks' heads on a plate or these sorts of interviews are going to continue to be normal.

    Ryan MooneyRyan Mooney4 klukkustundum síðan
  • Well he did not do anything wrong. It was the power plants that did not supply power as they should have

    Mat MayMat May4 klukkustundum síðan
  • Would consumers STILL get billed if there was a complete power failure?

    George TurnerGeorge Turner5 klukkustundum síðan
  • He's accountable. He knows it but is being respectable and non-defensive. He'll be out of a job in a week or so but deserves credit for his integrity. We need a lot more people like him in leadership positions.

    Bruin GoldBruin Gold6 klukkustundum síðan
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    Diellza NimoniDiellza Nimoni10 klukkustundum síðan
  • Meanwhile Floridians be like, "Y'all wasn't prepared for Mother Nature was you?"

    Hung LoHung Lo11 klukkustundum síðan
  • US phone, power, water and internet are a joke. if most Americans could see the what we pay and what we get in the UK they would be up in arms and demanding the same high quality.

    tommy fredtommy fred12 klukkustundum síðan
  • Wolf is explaining why he had to eat a whole lamb for a good reason.

    Masum AbidMasum Abid14 klukkustundum síðan
  • You mean regulate the system....lol

    Marla O'HanlonMarla O'Hanlon16 klukkustundum síðan
  • Outstanding answers

    chaosawaitschaosawaits17 klukkustundum síðan
  • They blamed it on windmills lol on Fox News

    Mik RodMik Rod18 klukkustundum síðan
  • Well, people working in power industry know there is always a trade-off between price and resiliency, being prepared for a highly improbable issue is expensive so governments prefer to invest in education and things like that, and taxpayers like low cost electricity, however when unexpected problems like the Texas extreme winter come it is much more expensive than what it would be if investments were made from the beginning.

    cristian david miller gonzalezcristian david miller gonzalez18 klukkustundum síðan
  • It's always the middleman we got to worry about need an upgrade systems outdated

    Shakkar ZimmermanShakkar Zimmerman19 klukkustundum síðan
  • ERCOT is Supposed To Manage the POWER GRID. Either they CAN or CAN NOT Turn Off & Turn On portions of the Grid to Manage Loads (CURRENT DRAW) so Transmission Equipment DOES BURN UP !!! /// The sophistication of their control IS limited. THEY COULD NOT FINE TUNE OFFs/ONs & DISTRIBUTE "SHORT TERM BLACK OUTS" OVER THE ENTIRE STATE *So Everybody Would Only Share Short Term Pain. & *The Grid was Protected from Burning Up, Or *Avoided Complete Shutdown (Months to recover, either way). OUR PROPRIETARY, TEXAS ONLY POWER SYSTEM IS BIG TIME LAME-O.

    Anthony CozAnthony Coz20 klukkustundum síðan
  • Hmm is probably scam :-)

    Andrej PekarAndrej Pekar21 klukkustund síðan
  • What went wrong? The state is controlled by an ideology that puts personal gains over public well being. An ideology that the world no longer tolerates, and one that wasn't eradicated in the last civil war. An ideology that uses fear, misinformation, and all sorts of tactics to deviate from objective reality, science, and reason. An ideology that is essentially the greatest threat to American democracy.

    xXHamatoYoshiXxxXHamatoYoshiXx21 klukkustund síðan
  • The Grid was ready and did its job. The power plants (which ERCOT does not control) were a complete failure

    Jim SJim S21 klukkustund síðan
  • Rep. Sylvester Turner must have been rolling his eyes and slapping his forehead last week.

    punknhead23punknhead2322 klukkustundum síðan
  • You must understand as the CEO he actually does nothing. It's the best job in the world how would he give it up?

    Paul CarmonaPaul Carmona23 klukkustundum síðan
  • Republican "leaders" can never seem to accept responsibility for anything. They never apologize, they never seek in-depth answers, they never work collaboratively to develop solutions. Just shift blame, pretend they did everything they could, and gaslight until they've successfully muddied the waters.

    AaronAaron23 klukkustundum síðan
  • I mad but not anymore it is the water that I’m pissed off about

    ShinySonic 35ShinySonic 3523 klukkustundum síðan
  • Lol why say that the demand was the issue when its logical..if your systems fail from not being winterize then a storm will knock some problems and you have to do with what you got.

    Nicolas233Nicolas233Degi Síðan síðan
  • The CNN lady doesn't know how the grid works. How many times is she going to ask him why the generators weren't working? Why doesn't she ask the person in charge of the generators? The power companies. Because it ain't this guy. He sits in front of a control room in front of knobs and dials. He has no control over whether suppliers can suppy. That's on them. They failed.

    Jeff HorsagerJeff HorsagerDegi Síðan síðan
  • I thought everyone used heat in the winter

    Skeletor04Skeletor04Degi Síðan síðan
  • And they want to secede? See ya! Good luck!

    Aiden RaeAiden RaeDegi Síðan síðan
  • Just so we know how much power they put out.. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_power_stations_in_Texas

    1046910469Degi Síðan síðan
  • They shut the system down on purpose.. they are lying

    1046910469Degi Síðan síðan
  • if you look at 2:41 he says they don't actually own the power generation or transmission lines. I don't know much about ERCOT and i don' live in Texas however if this is the truth then its my opinion that this guy and everyone in ERCOT shouldn't be held responsible. You can't work on things you don't own and I doubt they had the power to force these companies to prepare ahead of time for a winter storm and the most they could do was give a warning. I would love to see your thoughts and information about this issue.

    Angel StrunkAngel StrunkDegi Síðan síðan
  • So the state of Texas' electrical grid as a whole system, is designed to be a single point of failure as it does not have the redundancy of supplemental energy from neighboring states in case a catastrophic disaster occurs. Collective willful ignorance on an Epic level.

    W CW CDegi Síðan síðan
  • She reminds me of the South Park character, Captain Hindsight.

    Phil PedroPhil PedroDegi Síðan síðan
  • He needs an apologist from RZIM.

    Subhas Chandra BossSubhas Chandra BossDegi Síðan síðan
  • that dumb broad should listen instead of trying to blast the dude. He said the problem was that people were using too much power. Get it.

    Melanie CotterellMelanie CotterellDegi Síðan síðan
  • Technically this guy is confirming that the Texas network is inherently unstable in dealing with adverse weather conditions. Perhaps the CEO and his people should (after the pandemic) take a trip to Europe and see have proper networks cope with similar or worse conditions.

    alan foxallalan foxallDegi Síðan síðan
  • All lies, Let me explain, first they said that there was no gas and closed the pipes into México, but one week later President Nicolás Maduro offered gas to México and miraculously the governor of Texas started pumping gas again into México, so there was no shortage. This guy says that the power plants went down because of the cold which leaves us with questions, the power plants in Texas are from the 19th century? Or the people that work there have no clue of what they are doing ? Or Is all a lie and was a sabotage against Texans?

    El acertijo XEl acertijo XDegi Síðan síðan
  • Blame should be spread to all. Legislators, regulators, corporate officers and engineers, sure. But customers also should collectively share blame. If you know the system will be under stress, don't run every appliance in your house. You need heat but don't run it to 80 degrees with the TV, every light on, dishwasher, washer/dryer and whatever else you do during normal conditions. You leave your faucets dripping so your pipes don't freeze and burst. Seems this guy and the engineers did the best they could with what was available to them. The interviewer probably has little knowledge of how the systems operate and is trying to set up a 'gotcha' moment ratings soundbite.

    Phil PedroPhil PedroDegi Síðan síðan
  • They were ready to raise prices, collect money and turn the power off. They are ready to explain how it happened and how that the snow and ice is gone and everybody needs to forget about it. All the while in private the power company will remind the Republican leaders in Texas how much money they have given to their campaigns. I wonder if the politicians in Texas get divadin payments for this power corporation.

    Julie ConwayJulie ConwayDegi Síðan síðan
  • If you expect no inconvenience and discomfort in this life, then be prepared to be disappointed and disillusioned. . Texas has experienced tremendous population increases in the recent decades. The infrastructure has failed to keep pace with the increased demands. . The free market will respond to the demands. . Just hope that the COVID-19 virus suffered more than we humans during this recent Polar Vortex.

    kbhvackbhvacDegi Síðan síðan
  • 2:43 Where does personal responsibility come into this? Regulator with no power to compel preparedness is being scapegoated because none of the generators or distributors that they manage were prepared. Texas is always shouting about personal responsibility until something bad happens to them.

    The Rad FemsThe Rad FemsDegi Síðan síðan
  • Who said “ incompetent government kills! “. Go Green and Freeze.

    Rocky BalboaRocky BalboaDegi Síðan síðan
  • Appearing on CNN is enough for me, lock him up.

    Johnny WalkerJohnny WalkerDegi Síðan síðan
  • I thought all the wind turbines did it? That’s what the governor of Texas said.

    Andre RodriguezAndre RodriguezDegi Síðan síðan
  • They HAVE been saying winter was coming....

    The Rad FemsThe Rad FemsDegi Síðan síðan
  • they don't need to make any fucking reviews to avoid shit like this happening. There are literally thousands of power grids and electrical systems that work through winter conditions like this and even colder conditions just fine because those systems are winterized. I can see where they are coming from when they believed that it wasn't necessary because it never gets that cold in Texas, but that's not the world we live in anymore and I think that spending the money to ACTUALLY make the system ready is worth it over people freezing to death in their own beds

    GoodestBoiCerealGoodestBoiCerealDegi Síðan síðan
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    trey grahamtrey grahamDegi Síðan síðan
  • Basically the guy didn’t do his job.

    Steve HarrisSteve HarrisDegi Síðan síðan
  • Republician Constituents thee Govonor, Cruz and AG , other Republicians members need to resigned they need the Federal Govt. to come in to help Texans instead of Cruz in Cancun and AG vacationing they need to it had nothing to do with the green deal

    Lady You GoLady You GoDegi Síðan síðan
  • Solution: every texan house with an electric car. Charge its battery during low demand and use it for household power supply at peak. This would increase the existing grid capacity by 150%.

    Josi DasilvaJosi DasilvaDegi Síðan síðan
  • This guy should be a politician. He already has the BS justification down to skirt around not answering the questions he was ask. A situation can not be fixed if they can't admit the truth of how this happened. The truth is......they care more about money than they do about people's lives. Its clear the Texas politician are being paid off by the electric company!

    Beth WilsonBeth WilsonDegi Síðan síðan
  • White privilige that this guy has such a position. As usual.

    BeShared RotterdamBeShared RotterdamDegi Síðan síðan
  • Okay, ercot fucked up massively, but uh...maybe grilling the guy on whether or not he's gonna lose his job live on air is a bit...much? That's a very heavy question to ask someone without warning. NOBODY IS GONNA ANSWER THAT QUESTION WELL. Especially when put on the spot live? You can dance around it to answer the question without going 'hey how do you feel about loosing your job' For example: Many Texans are upset with how ercot handled this crisis, what would you want to say to them? 15 people are dead this week, because of the power outages, what would you like to say to them? Texas had a similar problem 11 years ago which showed that the grid was NOT prepared for another event like that. Why didn't ercot winterize the grid then? Do you commit to winterizing the grid in the near future? 'Are you going to resign?' As a question on the surface looks like a good question that answers things in a useful way, but in actuality does fuckall in the realm of actual information that people need. On top of that it's just...a dick move. It's like asking a waitress for thier number while they are at work. I doubt the dude knows yet either way, that's a massive decision and a thing you need to discuss with your family and your boss (the governor). And potentially, if he resigns, especially right now, balls could get dropped. That's a thing you handle after the emergency is over and delt with.

    Jay PersingJay PersingDegi Síðan síðan
  • the face of greed

    Sergio DiazSergio DiazDegi Síðan síðan
  • Karma! power outage justice reaction to the covid nonsense. Media's participation in the covid brainwashing campaign onto the public has serious consequences. No covid virus exists lady's and gentlemen. The sooner the media and Government lunatics STOP their evil acts against the public the better the situation will be.

    V MV MDegi Síðan síðan
  • I'll tell you what went wrong, YOU SHOVED TOO MUCH MONEY IN YOU'RE OWN POCKETS!!!

    JackDrinkn2DollarJimJackDrinkn2DollarJimDegi Síðan síðan
  • Where is any question about the $17,000 electricity bill for several customers down there?

    Pierre ZidorPierre ZidorDegi Síðan síðan
  • Back in the former Soviet Union it would be considered as an act of sabotage. If people and a state suffer the top echelon of executives get lined up and shot because of their inability to perform their duties.

    Aivars NorenbergsAivars NorenbergsDegi Síðan síðan
  • That guy is an expert of what went wrong! Was there no weather forecasting! Is he an idiot? He doesn’t look either smart or stupid. His story and the governor’s are completely different. He gave assurances! What a stupid explanation, the lady asked you why you weren’t ready. If Texans are waiting for this guy to figure it out. He’s going to launch a committee to study the obvious! Fire his worthless ass.

    HighandDryHighandDryDegi Síðan síðan
  • So solar isn’t really a good investment?

    TheONE STheONE SDegi Síðan síðan
  • They were unprepared. They kept the profit, and did not invest in proofing their gear.

    Simon JonesSimon JonesDegi Síðan síðan
  • What a snake

    NatalieNatalieDegi Síðan síðan
  • Power should not be privatized.

    Bob Lob LawBob Lob LawDegi Síðan síðan
  • So much for that green energy what happened all those windmills

    Rockstar 6900Rockstar 6900Degi Síðan síðan
  • The Texas politicians owned by Big Money are to blame--greedy, unregulated capitalism at its worse, no matter what horseshit stories they try to pedal.

    c dc dDegi Síðan síðan
  • “I think everyone in the utility industry, is going to have to look at and determine how we manage systems this intense in the winters” Simple: dear Minnesota, dear Utah, dear Montana.... how do you do it? it was cold but not “THAT COLD” that everyone needs to reevaluate how they do winter.....the info is out there, this dude just needs to ask then do.

    newSognnewSognDegi Síðan síðan
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    Gabe GarinoGabe GarinoDegi Síðan síðan
  • Ready to bomb any country at any given time, But not enough PPE for true heroes....health front line workers at the start of covid. Could not control covid like other countries, Now Texas cant warm the public. What happened to exceptionalism.....mind boggling!!

    Victor RonkwaneVictor RonkwaneDegi Síðan síðan
  • I bet if he had a do over on this interview... he would have not done the interview.

    DamnMyEyesDamnMyEyesDegi Síðan síðan
  • You want an unregulated electric system, you get unregulated electricity. Trusting the competence in people who have to work with what’s there at the hour or minute - that is one thing. How about the people who were supposed to do the long term planning, getting reserves and connections into place, etc? Either there is a lack of competence or someone decided it was too expensive …

    ADvorakADvorakDegi Síðan síðan
  • Well Texans voted for this, they defended it for years, therefore I'm quite sure they can easily and without problems afford massive electric bills... So why are they complaining about it? They choose it.

    Antonio MartinsAntonio MartinsDegi Síðan síðan
  • Ohhh they were ready to Warn everybody. Hey that makes sense, right???

    You know my name.You know my name.Degi Síðan síðan
  • how long has ted cruz been in charge of texas/this falls on the senitors /goverers/mayers /city officials shoulders

    chrispy Criterchrispy CriterDegi Síðan síðan
  • Jeff? Ken? Andy? Lou? That you? Thought one of you was dead and the other in prison? 🧐🤔

    NeldawgNeldawgDegi Síðan síðan
  • Don't blame this guy it's the GOP douche bags that run the state.

    Paul KossakPaul KossakDegi Síðan síðan
  • Doesn’t Texas have it own system? So why were you in trouble ? We had a windstorm ( couple years ago ) we had 500.000 people out of power , had my power out for 2hours , my Aunt was out for 5 days .

    Alan JackAlan JackDegi Síðan síðan
  • Lame excuses from this guy

    KennedyJr63KennedyJr63Degi Síðan síðan
  • He was paid to murder people basically. Job well done.

    kydrythmkydrythmDegi Síðan síðan
  • “Their greed for money is what went wrong” with all the revenue they make you would think that they would keep all their equipment updated..

    Jose RamosJose RamosDegi Síðan síðan
  • Didn't I see this on an episode of law and order?

    5504berry5504berryDegi Síðan síðan
  • This is what happens when you are the only state that does not share the same federal grid

    David ChanDavid ChanDegi Síðan síðan
  • What went wrong was nothing not a damm thing went wrong it’s simple 10 years ago the Texas govt. was told that they should prepare to winterize the equipment and the Texas govt said nah we’re good if anything happens we will simply fuck the poor which they did so as you can see nothing went wrong it went exactly as planned

    John GriffithJohn GriffithDegi Síðan síðan
  • They failed, people should get a refund!

    Rrsd 700Rrsd 700Degi Síðan síðan
  • This is what deregulation gets ya

    Hououin KyoumaHououin KyoumaDegi Síðan síðan
  • He's fumbling a lot.

    jaaz81jaaz81Degi Síðan síðan
  • This whole mess, along with the price gouging to those lucky enough to have access to electricity is good enough reason to leave the state or at least move to El Paso.

    VinceVinceDegi Síðan síðan
  • those darn "windmills"

    Casual ManCasual ManDegi Síðan síðan
  • That's a long as video to say "we were greedy cunts, that's what happened"

    Alex ShaferAlex ShaferDegi Síðan síðan
  • What went wrong? Republicans in charge of it, That's what it was.

    Mark KruegerMark Krueger2 dögum síðan
  • Worthless interview! Anyone that's paying attention knows what happened. As usual, The free market didn't want to spend money on the infrastructure. It's as simple as that!

    Carl WilliamsCarl Williams2 dögum síðan
  • They didn't want to spend the money on updates and modernization of their equipment. Then the system imploded when it got cold. Texas please, you have to budget your repairs and updates like any other expense. It only makes sense. Please!!!!!!!!!

    Paul SealePaul Seale2 dögum síðan
  • What kind of face this guy has to appear in public TV. Shameless, in Japan would do hara-kiri to clear the honor.

    lemiemuselemiemuse2 dögum síðan
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    RainbowRainbow2 dögum síðan
  • Working for a deregulated system, this Is the last guy to look to for a straight answer.

    Robert MichelinRobert Michelin2 dögum síðan
  • Republicans did what their supporters do? - not care about anyone except for their fellow cult members, blind faith required.

    AliensAreReal TTSAAliensAreReal TTSA2 dögum síðan
  • “How can you keep your job?” Good question for him. How about cnn ratings? How can you keep your job?

    BryanBryan2 dögum síðan
    • @Jay Persing Perfectly stated.

      BryanBryanDegi Síðan síðan
    • That's the only question I had an issue with tbh, asking some dude how he feels about losing his job live on air is... a dick move. And it like...didn't give anyone useful information, it was just mean.

      Jay PersingJay PersingDegi Síðan síðan
  • the same thing that happens with deregulated business, when things go bad the people get screwed

    ConkyvsRickiConkyvsRicki2 dögum síðan
  • I'm sorry, did he just say, and I'll paraphrase, that they were surprised at the worst kind of combination they could imagine, being that when demand went up, so did the need for supply? Well shucks, I thought that was how it was supposed to work, peanut. Do better, and quit leaving your people in the cold and dark! Buffoon.

    j Cj C2 dögum síðan
  • What happened was: rich people in authority cared more for their own stuff than the people they were supposed to serve. Greed, selfishness and lack of compassion ( characteristics of most Republicans), resulting in total lack of planning brought tragedy to the majority of Texans. It didn't impact Jerry Jones or Ted Cruz, of course.

    John PilleyJohn Pilley2 dögum síðan
  • "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today." -Japanse proverb "The best time to buy a generator is before everyone else needs one. The same applies for the gasoline that runs it." -Me My little 2,200 watt Generac and a propane jobsite heater are always ready to throw down. You don't have to be wealthy to be prepared. You can trust me, since I'm usually quite poor.

    The Dwight MambaThe Dwight Mamba2 dögum síðan
  • Instead of using the money to maintain, or beef up the grid. They just pocketed all that money. Texas politicians have showed their true colors. They know you Texans will keep voting them back into office though. In a way y'all are getting what you deserve. #Dont mess with Texas. 😂😂😂

    Justin BrazeltonJustin Brazelton2 dögum síðan
  • It's like a car having flat tires . It doesn't matter how much gas you have in the tank or if it's a hybrid. The neglect of the tires is prevent you from getting to where you need to go.

    Steve McRae ManagerSteve McRae Manager2 dögum síðan
  • The GOP gets away with everything. They have their base so brainwashed. It's beyond repair. How can you save a warped mind? The GOP is still trying to blame the Dems.

    Justin BrazeltonJustin Brazelton2 dögum síðan