Texas power grid CEO fired in wake of last month’s fatal blackouts

first_imgAaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy HALEY YAMADA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Bill Magness, CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, was fired on Wednesday in the wake of February’s deadly blackouts that left millions without electricity and heat in freezing temperatures.As power grid manager, Magness was given a 60-day termination notice by the company’s board of directors. He has not released a statement yet on his termination, but he informed the board that he will not seek or accept severance pay, according to an updated employment agreement.“The ERCOT Board is expected to begin an immediate search for a new President and CEO, and will continue to discuss the transition plan at future meetings during this time period,” the agency said in a statement.ERCOT, which oversees 90% of the state’s power grid, came under fire for downplaying the severity of the winter weather, according to state legislators. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was among a group of state leaders who called for Magness to resign because of his role in one of the worst power outages in U.S. history.“They downplayed the severity of it, at the same time telling me and the public that they were fully prepared for it,” Abbott said at the Feb. 25 hearing. “Texans suffered last week in ways they shouldn’t have to suffer.”Magness, who testified at the hearing, claimed that the scale of forced blackouts was necessary in preventing an even larger energy failure.“We came dangerously close to losing the entire electric system,” Magness said. “I’d say [ERCOT] worked from keeping us from going into a blackout that we’d still be in today — that’s why we did it.”Magness became the second senior official to leave his position at ERCOT while at least six board members have resigned in the aftermath of the blackouts.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Red-hot Kevin Harvick sees night end early in Charlotte

first_imgKevin Harvick’s dominant march from the rear met an early — and surprising — end Sunday night during the Coca-Cola 600. The driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford appeared to blow a front tire on Lap 83 while running fourth, which sent him careening into the outside wall and sending sparks flying into the evening air.Harvick’s car did not pass pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday night, forcing him to start last in the field Sunday in the longest race of the year. It took fewer than 70 laps for him to work his way into the top five. He was running fifth at the time of the incident, which relegated his car to the garage and out of the race.PHOTOS: Military honored at Charlotte “This was going to be fun,” Harvick radioed dejectedly to his team.Harvick will finish 40th in the 40-car field, stunningly the first time in 623 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts that he’ll finish last.The incident may have been the first thing to go wrong for Harvick all year. The No. 4 team won five of the first 12 races to start the year, and was considered a favorite to win Sunday night on Memorial Day weekend despite starting from the rear.Harvick entered the event on a two-race win streak, and he already had won three consecutive races earlier this year.“It never gave any warning,” Harvick told FOX Sports. ” … We had a lot of issues this weekend and to come back and have the fastest car there basically, it was just an honor to drive. One of those deals. You have to take the good with the bad, and this weekend was part of the bad.”last_img read more

North Muskegon girls tennis team captures Portland Invitational, Whitehall takes second

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