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Texas Power Companies Investigated over Winter Storm Power Outages

  • Texas AG Ken Paxton issued Civil Investigative Demands (“CIDs”) under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices – Consumer Protection Act to 12 power companies, including the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (“ERCOT”) related to the statewide power outages in the wake of the recent winter storm that battered the state and left millions of residents without power and heat.
  • The CIDs seek information, documents, and communications regarding the companies’ emergency plans, pricing policies, and the storm-related power outages, among other things.
  • The CIDs set a deadline of March 15, 2021 for the power companies to comply with the production demands.