We all knew it was coming. The card played to justify literally anything has just been played. ERCOT waited until precisely the right moment before revealing the ace up their sleeve. The invisible enemy took down our power grid. NBC5 Investigates has learned ERCOT inspections designed to ensure power plants are winterized did not happen as usual this year. Due to COVID they were virtual tabletop exercises, not in-person inspections. ERCOT says it’s too early to say if that played a role.