Despite all the problems ERCOT experienced during the latest winter storm and the concern many in Lubbock have about the future of where their electricity comes from, Lubbock Power and Light (LP&L) issued a statement Friday (February 19th) saying that everything is on track for 70 percent of the electrical grid to join ERCOT in June.

LP&L's press release came after State Representative Dustin Burrows appeared on The Chad Hasty Show earlier Friday and suggested a "pause" if it were available to the electric company and City of Lubbock.

Rep. Burrows told KFYO that there are real problems with ERCOT and it's not known how much it will cost to fix those problems.

You can listen to that interview here.

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In the press release, LP&L said serious decisions need to be made to fix ERCOT. The full statement can be read below:

LP&L is on track to transfer approximately 70% of the electrical grid to the ERCOT market by June of this year.  Like many across the state, we have serious concerns over the severe operational issues seen across the ERCOT market this week.  The Southwest Power Pool was not without operational issues of its own and our citizens felt this when LP&L was required to perform controlled rotating outages two days this week.  However, it is clear that moving forward, serious decisions must be made to fix the problems in the ERCOT market.

We appreciate Governor Abbott, and the leaders in the Legislature making ERCOT an emergency item this Legislative session.  The root causes of ERCOT’s operational issues need to be fully investigated and solutions must be found.  Legislative hearings on this issue begin next week and will continue over the coming weeks and months.  LP&L will track this process very carefully.

Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope will join KFYO and The Chad Hasty Show on Tuesday at 10:05 a.m. to discuss the future of LP&L and ERCOT.

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