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POWER PLAY

Austin congressman introduces Connect the Grid Act
POWER PLAY
Rep. Greg Casar, D-Texas, announced during a press conference Feb. 14 he filed the 'Connect the Grid Act' in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of the office of Congressman Greg Casar

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the third anniversary of Winter Storm Uri, an Austin-based congressman says he is pushing for a bill to secure Texas’ power grid, save money and prevent future deadly blackouts.

Rep. Greg Casar, D-Texas, introduced the Connect the Grid Act during a news conference Feb. 14. The bill essentially requires the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to connect to the United States’ other major electric grid networks.

Critics said the bill, if passed, would make the state subject to federal regulatory authority, which is one of the reasons why Texas lawmakers in the 1990s decided not to be a part of the national power grid.

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