Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bills 2 and 3 into law on June 8, officially establishing sweeping reforms of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and weatherization of state power generation facilities, effective Sept. 1.

The bills are designed to prevent another extreme weather event from shutting down the Texas power grid similar to what happened during the severe winter storm last February. The storm left millions of houses without power for days and killed an estimated 150 Texas residents, according to a report from the Texas Department State Health Services last updated June 2.

Read more at Community Impact.