Governor Abbott turns to Chief Buc-ee to help fix ERCOT

ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, is the largest electricity grid in Texas and is fully controlled by the State of Texas.

As you may remember, ERCOT has experienced some major issues over the past few years. The most important being the blackouts and blackouts during the record winter storm of last February.

In the aftermath of the deadly winter storm, many elected officials, including Governor Greg Abbott, pledged to fix ERCOT. One of the first changes to ERCOT was the passage of several bills during this year’s legislative session to change the composition of the ERCOT board.

After the adoption of Senate Bills 2 and SB 3 at the end of May, a selection committee was created to appoint future members of the ERCOT board of directors.

The selection committee would appoint eight of the 11 board members. The Selection Committee consists of only three people, one appointed by the Governor, one appointed by the Lieutenant Governor and the third member of the Selection Committee appointed by the Speaker of the House.

Governor Abbott announced the appointment of Arch “Beaver” Aplin to the ERCOT selection committee on Friday. “Beaver” Aplin is the Chairman and CEO of Buc-ee’s and the current Chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

If you’re unfamiliar with Buc-ee’s, the company is a chain of convenience stores in the south known for their extremely clean restrooms, large locations with large, well-lit parking lots, and 24-hour operation.

While there is currently no Buc-ee in West Texas, if you are traveling along I-35 or I-45 corridors, or entering Dallas / Fort Worth, you will come across a Buc-ee on a main highway.

Every Buc-ee is almost like a miniature town in the way the shops work. Gas, food, and supplies are constantly shipped to each location, and staff strive to keep stores spotless 24 hours a day.

If you pick someone to try and keep the lights on in Texas, you might as well get advice from the man who runs Buc-ee.

Aplin, and the two other members of the ERCOT selection committee, will receive input from an external consultant, while appointing the members of the ERCOT board of directors.

Nine of the 11 members of ERCOT’s reconstituted board of directors would be voting members.

If you’ve never seen Buc-ee’s, here’s a video that shows the largesse of their locations.

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