The Texas electric cooperator network was up and running just days before the state shut down its electric cooperations, leaving the country without a single electricity provider to help keep it running.
Electric cooperatives are privately owned and run by people who have to get government permission to build or operate the equipment and services they buy from them.
They provide electric and natural gas services to businesses and residents.
The shutdown, which began Thursday and lasted more than 24 hours, affected more than 1,000 of the roughly 400,000 people who used electric cooperators nationwide.
Electric co-ops are a way to provide a wide range of services, such as providing electricity and gas to consumers, as well as building and operating a utility.
The companies have historically depended on government assistance to provide electricity, gas and other services.
The federal government has a responsibility to help provide electricity to the people of Texas, and the state and the federal government have worked together to try to keep the electric cooperates running.
Cooperatives are owned and operated by the state of Texas.
The co-op agreements require that any business or person with electricity needs to obtain a government-issued permit to install or operate a generator.
That permit can be issued through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the agency that regulates electric cooperats.
The permit can also be renewed if the utility can provide evidence that the electric company is working to comply with the permit.
The Texas Department said Thursday that more than 3,000 utility customers were affected by the shutdown, including nearly 500 electric cooperas.
Some were not able to use the electricity, according to a report from the state’s Public Utilities Commission.
Other electric cooperatis shut down in other states, including Indiana and Florida, the commission said.
In Texas, the state utility ordered that a generator be removed from a house in El Paso because the generator did not meet the requirements of the permit, according the report.
The generator had been installed by the Texas Power & Light company, which has about 200 co-operatives operating in the state.
The company’s owners had not received permits to install the generator, according a Texas Public Service Commission document.
In an interview, a co-operative spokesman said the company would not comment on the state shutdown because the company was not yet aware of the decision.
The shutdown has hurt the business of many co-opers, but not all of them, said co-operator Joe Brantley.
He said the shut-downs had a positive effect for consumers, who were more aware of their rights and more likely to request help from the electric utility to get the generator.
Co-ops have historically relied on government help to provide power to the state, said Eric DeMarinis, an associate professor of public policy at Texas Tech University.
But with the shutdown and the failure to get a permit, the company had no choice but to stop providing power, said DeMaris, who has studied the history of electric cooperacies.
The federal government is trying to help the electric companies in other ways, he said.
“There is no question that the federal subsidy has helped the electric utilities tremendously in terms of the cost of providing the electricity to Texas customers,” DeMarini said.