Four ERCOT board members who live outside of Texas resign in week after power outage, winter storm

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A week after the historic winter storms that devastated Texas, four board members of the state's power grid operator have announced plans to resign from their positions.

The resignation letters were filed with the state's Public Utility Commission, which oversees the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, on Tuesday afternoon:

The directors stepping down are Chairwoman Sally Talberg, Vice Chairman Peter Cramton, Committee Chairman Terry Bulger, and Committee Chairman Raymond Hepper. All of them live outside of Texas, which has only intensified criticism of ERCOT.

ERCOT drew blame for the way it handled the major power outage during the dangerous winter weather that claimed at least 80 lives.

More than 4 million Texans were reported without power last week, despite the rotating outages initiated by the operator.

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Fifteen directors serve on the ERCOT board, including the four unaffiliated directors, whose resignations will be effective at the end of the meeting Wednesday. The vacancies will not immediately be filled, according to the Texas Tribune.

The resignations also come a day before Texas lawmakers are set to begin hearings over the outages.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has been very vocal in his criticism of the board, declared the reform of ERC... (Read more)