Seventh Ercot Board Member Resigns in Wake of Texas Blackouts


The seventh sitting board member of the Texas grid operator has resigned in the wake of blackouts that hit the state last week during a severe winter storm.

Clifton Karnei, who represented electric cooperatives on the board, stepped down on Thursday evening, said Leslie Sopko, a spokeswoman for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, in a telephone interview.

Six Ercot board members and one candidate for a position resigned earlier this week including the chair and vice-chair. Texas Governor Greg Abbott had called for an overhaul of the leadership of Ercot after more than 4 million Texans were left in the dark for days due to power supply shortages.

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