The state of Texas, in the United States, is currently witnessing a winter storm, disrupting electricity in many parts of the state. Electricity returned to the state on Friday, after Texans experienced nearly 2,000,000 power cuts in the past week.
But the woes for Texans still don’t seem to be over. It turns out that people in the state are now getting exorbitant electricity bills after outages. Many Texans accessed Twitter to share the electricity bills they have recently received. Many received bills of up to $ 17,000.
WFAA – a local broadcaster shared images of a man named Ty Williams receiving an electricity bill of more than $ 17,000. The man in question claims to have three electricity meters in his home, including one for his home, one for his inn and one for his office. Last month, the total bill he received was $ 660.
Some Texas electricity consumers saw the price of a kilowatt hour rise from 12 cents to $ 9 last week, generating bills in the thousands. Damn. 😱 pic.twitter.com/r486zYn6D7
– Phil Taylor (@pstni) February 22, 2021
Williams told the WFAA that “there is absolutely no way” for someone to pay that amount for electricity bills, and that “it doesn’t make sense”.
Twitter users are trying to understand how the accounts have reached so much in such a short time. The price per kilowatt per hour went from 12 cents to $ 9 in the last week, bringing the bills to thousands.
According to local media reports, Williams has a variable rate plan with Griddy, a local electricity supplier.
The company is facing a lot of criticism for dealing with the crisis as it allegedly tries to avoid sending heavy bills to customers by urging them to go out and get a flat rate plan with other electricity providers in the area.
The exorbitant amounts of bills shocked many Texans and left many wondering if they would need loans to pay the amount.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:
Texas had a lot of courage to put people in deadly situations without electricity in freezing temperatures during a pandemic AND charging them hundreds and thousands more on their electricity bill. pic.twitter.com/o2yutmiNsO
– I choose violence (@Brick_Outhouse) February 21, 2021
I really DO NOT understand how electricity bills work in #Texas. If I received a $ 10,000 bill from DTE, I would have a cow! How the hell does that work? Should you take out a loan to pay for electricity? #TexasBlackout pic.twitter.com/FZ9RgqiocO
– CyndiMich Formerly @ Cyn190 (@cyndi_mich) February 21, 2021
Advice for anyone in Texas who has set up automatic debit to pay the electricity bill.
– Lila (@LbudisaLila) February 21, 2021
Texas, if your power isn’t on, make sure the electricity bill reflects it!
– Jasmen🤍 (@JasmenSimone) February 16, 2021