Law Could Shorten Length of Emergency Outages

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

During Hurricane Ike, many Brazos Valley residents were reminded how much easier it is to lose power than get it turned back on. But that's about to change.

Under a new law authored by State Representative Lois Kolkhorst, the Public Utility Commission of Texas can now authorize an electric company to provide power to customers of another electric provider during an emergency.

"In the past, that has been a difficult process if you needed to get power going from one entity to the other," said PUCT Spokesperson Terry Hadley. "What this legislation does is give the commission authority to speed the process."

Previously, moving power between companies was rarely done, especially if the two were on different grids. Problems were magnified during Ike when many Entergy customers were without electricity long after their neighbors' power was restored.

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