“How in the world can anyone pay this? I mean you go from two hundred dollars a month,” one customer said
Talk about adding insult to injury.
After a deadly winter storm in Texas without electricity this week – along with a shortage of food and clean water – some Texans are now seeing excessive electricity bills.
According to reports, the tab is up to $ 17,000.
Ty Williams, who lives in Arlington, told Granthshala 4 of Dallas-Fort Worth that his family is being asked to pay – despite trying to save electricity during the storm.
“How can anyone in the world pay it? I mean you go from two hundred dollars a month,” he told WFAA-TV in Dallas. “There is absolutely no way‚ this makes any sense. ”
Williams is a customer of Griddy, a wholesale electricity provider in the state.
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Griddy urged his customers to switch this week as wholesale prices skyrocketed during the storm, but Williams said it took him several days to sign up with a new company.
“It was useless because no one wanted to bear the burden of a new customer when they are paying top dollar for power,” he told Granthshala 4.
Some customers said they had received messages or bills from power companies that they were supposed to charge when they were in the dark, but companies have said that customers will not be charged any fees if there is no electricity, FOX 4 reported.
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“We know you’re offended and that’s why we are. P —–, really,” Grady said in a statement on his website on Thursday. The company explained wholesale prices as the Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUCT) took control of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the state’s power grid, on Monday and raised the wholesale price to $ 9 per kilowatt-hour when Even grid management could not. Demand due to winter storm.
The company said that is about 300 times the normal wholesale price, and even though 99% of the households had electricity by Thursday evening, PUCT dropped the pricing.
The company said, “The market has to fix the price, not the political appointments.” said. “We intend to fight for it, and with it, our customers for equity and accountability – to reveal why such price increases were allowed as millions of Texans left without power.”
Griddy told Granthshala 4 That higher bill payments can be made in installments.
Another customer in Dallas reported WFAA-TV placed their 700-square-foot apartment at 60 degrees this week, yet their bill was over $ 1,000 and a different Griddy customer called the station to bill their 1,300-square-foot house at $ 3,800.
“I only paid $ 1,200 for the entire 2020,” the customer said.
Price increases only affect those customers on variable or indexed-rate plans, not fixed-rate ones.