At that time, the Texas Electric Power Authority (ERCOT), responsible for power supply management in the state, decided to cut off many apartments including the Pineda family.
Family attorney Tony Buzbee accused electricity supply company Entergy and ERCOT of making a “profit-based” power cut off decision.
“This boy who saw snow for the first time on February 15, died the next day (February 16). ERCOT and electricity companies like Entergy are responsible for Pineda’s death, ”said the lawyer Buzbee.
The family added that the autopsy of Pineda was not complete, but confirmed that the boy did not have any medical history or unusual signs before death.
ERCOT argues that some private utility companies are forced to shut off the power and call it the “right choice” to avoid power outages across Texas.
Severe cold spells cause grid overload and power outages are identified as due to skyrocketing electricity demand combined with power infrastructure failures.
The state of Texas operates its own power grid, so it is not subject to federal government regulations. As a result, much of Texas’s electrical infrastructure is not secured to withstand inclement weather.
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