The plaintiff claimed that the large-scale power outage caused the boy’s suspected loss of temperature and died.
[Epoch Times February 23, 2021](The Epoch Times reporter Zachary Stieber / Xie Jiaxuan) Last week, Texas suffered the worst weather in 30 years, causing large-scale power outages and water cuts and many disasters. One of the 11-year-old boys was suspected to have died at home due to power outages and lack of heating. His family sued the State Electric Reliability Commission (ERCOT) and the power company Entgy this week for more than $100 million.
According to the lawsuit, 11-year-old Cristian Pineda was found dead at his Houston home last week. His family tried to keep warm by squeezing into a single room. Pineda was placed on a bed with his brother, but it didn’t help. The plaintiff alleges that the widespread power outage caused the boy’s suspected hypothermia to die.
The nine-page lawsuit has been filed in the Jefferson County District Court.
The plaintiff’s lawyer stated that the boy “died from a non-priority issue of the power grid” and that “the energy supplier made a (priority) decision based on profit”.
Lawyers pointed out that ERCOT and Entergy, which manage power distribution in most parts of Texas, should invest in wintering systems for power generation facilities and warn people that there may be power outages for a few days before the storm hits, but the two agencies did not do so.
The lawsuit reads: “The defendant failed to adequately inform the plaintiff of the length of the power outage, preventing them from preparing for the power shortage or leaving the area. Providing accurate information may save the young life of Cristian Pineda. .”
On February 15th, when the temperature in Texas suffered a blizzard and the temperature dropped sharply, ERCOT announced that it would implement rotating power outages in response to the reduction in state power generation. However, as residents tried to keep warm in the cold wave, market demand rose sharply.
According to GoFundMe’s fundraising for the family, they had no electricity for two days. The temperature had dropped to 12 degrees Fahrenheit, or -11 degrees Celsius, on the morning the boy was found to have lost his life.
The lawsuit accuses ERCOT and Entergy of gross negligence and seeks compensation of more than US$100 million.
In response, ERCOT said in a statement, “We have not reviewed these lawsuits. Once reviewed, we will respond accordingly. Our idea is to be with all Texans who have suffered from the past week. However, due to the agreement 46% of private power generation tripped off the assembly line last Monday morning. We believe that our grid operators have made the right choice to avoid power outages across the state.”
Entergy said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of life in the community. We cannot comment because the lawsuit is pending.”
At the same time, two federal agencies, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), as well as multiple state government agencies are exploring the grid failures that Texas experienced during this snowstorm.
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