American businessman and innovator Elon Musk (Elon Musk) has expressed frustration and indignation over the work of energy agencies in Texas during the cold weather. He believes that the Texas Electric Reliability Board has failed to live up to its responsibility.
The Tesla CEO on Wednesday accused Texas’ electric grid operator of unreliability after millions of residents were left without power during a historic winter storm. Musk tweeted that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), “didn’t make the money that residents pay.”
In December, the billionaire moved from California to Austin, where he is building a new Tesla plant. Meanwhile, Texans have been posting on social media that they sleep in Tesla cars to keep warm on cold nights. In 2019, Tesla released a car with a “Camp Mode” feature that allows owners to use the car’s climate control for more than a day without draining the battery. “We had a six-hour power outage last night. We have no gas in our house, ran out of wood. What are we left with? My wife, newborn daughter and dog slept in the garage in our Model3. If I didn’t have this car, it would be a very hard night,” one electric car owner wrote.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he is calling for an investigation into a “completely unreliable” energy company after more than 4 million residents were left without power in the severe cold.