As millions of Texas still sit without power tonight, big questions remain to be answered.
One of them should be: Why does Texas allow its top energy authorities to live outside of the Lone Star State?
Investigators from local TV station KXAN report that a stunning five members of the Electricity Reliability Commission of Texas actually live outside of Texas — far outside, in fact.
Even more stunning is that ERCOT’s top two managers live thousands of miles away from the constituents they serve.
The electricity board’s new Chairman, Sally Talberg, actually lives in Michigan, while its Vice Chairman Peter Cranton lives in Del Mar, California. Cranton also lists one of his other professions as a professor at the University of Cologne in Germany.
At least three other board members who oversee Texas’s electricity grid also live outside of the state — and the country.
One of the board members lives in Maine, another lives in Illinois, and another lives in Canada.
That’s a mighty long way from Texas!
According to ERCOT’s bylaws, it’s not a requirement for board members to live in Texas but it sure seems inappropriate for board members to live thousands of miles away from the residents they serve.
State representatives are looking into the matter.