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“He has total veto power”: Greg Abbott takes control over who will lead Texas’ troubled power grid, sources say

Locked in a potentially tight reelection race and facing criticism over the grid’s 2021 collapse, the governor is exerting unprecedented influence over what the state grid operator shares with the public — and who will be its next CEO.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks about preparations and warnings ahead of a winter storm at a press conference on Feb. 1, 2022.

Abbott’s office controls ERCOT’s public statements

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