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Texas Homeowners Hit With $17,000 Electric Bills Amid Snow Storm

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 20 Feb 2021 16:32
Texas Homeowners Hit With $17,000 Electric Bills Amid Snow StormPA Images

People are being slapped with electric bills worth thousands of dollars in the wake of Texas’s recent extreme weather conditions.

The state was hit with what’s being described as the ‘big freeze‘ which, as of Thursday, February 18, has left over 30 people dead. Last weekend, Texas recorded temperatures as low as -18°C (0°F) – the lowest they’ve seen in 30 years.

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In a bid to keep themselves warm, thousands of Texans understandably cranked up their heating which led to the energy grid failing.

Texas Mayor Resigns After Telling People It's Their Own Fault If They Freeze In Deadly Arctic Cold SnapPA Images

Due to the increase in demand, energy suppliers dramatically increased their prices going from $50 to $9,000 per megawatt, according to the New York Post.

One man was hit with a $17,000 bill. Ty Williams explained to WFAA that he has three electric metres in his home and, as of last month, he owed $660.

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However, in the wake of the ‘big freeze’, he now owes $17,000. He said, ‘How in the world can anyone pay that? I mean you go from a couple hundred dollars a month… there’s absolutely no way. It makes no sense.’

Williams has since swapped providers but it’s unknown if he still has to pay the thousands of dollars owed to his previous energy supplier.

A Texas couple took to Twitter to share a screenshot of their energy bill which gave a total of almost $4,000. They wrote, ‘When your electric company tells you to switch but there has been a hold on switching for over a week now. Using as little as possible 1300 sq ft house and this is my bill. . How is this fair. I only paid $1200 for the whole 2020 year’.

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WFAA reported that electricity supply and demand in Texas has since stabilised.

Texas isn’t alone in seeing its temperature plummet: 150 million Americans were under winter storm warnings nationwide earlier this week, with almost three-quarters of the country seeing snowfall on Tuesday, February 16.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

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  1. New York Post

    Homeowners hit with electric bills as high as $17K amid Texas winter storm

  2. WFAA

    'How in the world can anyone pay that?': Some seeing electric bills as high as $17K in wake of Texas winter storm