Sunday, February 21, 2021 18:15 PM (GMT + 7)
The Texas electric grid is completely incapable of coping with a cold spell that makes the temperature drop below freezing, and those lucky enough not to have a power cut be happy.
The Texans spent an unprecedented cold week.
It’s not fair that ordinary workers like us have to pay the price for what happens, a woman living in Texas, USA, told Russian newspaper RT.
Texas is the state most affected by the cold last week in the US. This state has its own electricity system, which does not connect to the national electricity grid, so when a snowstorm hits, many parts of the state fall into a rotating outage.
Akilah Scott-Amos, a woman named Akilah, said her home has been dehydrated for the past four days due to a pipe breakage. But that’s not the worst.
She was lucky not to experience power outages like about 4 million other people in Texas. An estimated 13% of Texas’s population lived in a blackout at the height of the crisis.
But Scott-Amos was shocked when he received a $ 11,000 electric bill on February 21. This number surpassed all she could imagine.
Scott-Amos receives bills of up to $ 11,000 for electricity used in his home.
The Texas woman gets an “unbelievable” electricity bill because she uses electricity supplied by the agent. Electricity prices are very cheap when the energy market is stable, sometimes the amount is only about 40-50 USD in the same time period.
But this time Scott-Amos has to pay up to 11,000 USD, due to the need to use electricity for heating of the Texans increased strongly, and the electricity supply was limited.
“I really can’t pay this money,” she said of the hefty bill. Scott-Amos claims to have used electricity sparingly over the past few days.
Many other families in Texas share the same story as Scott-Amos. “A lot of people would rather disconnect the circuit breakers because they can’t pay too much,” said Scott-Amos.
The woman said she understands that the federal government is focusing on helping people living in power outages. “But those lucky enough to have uninterrupted electricity, like me, are charged 300 times more than usual,” she said.
At the moment, Scott-Amos says she is not on the list to receive any federal support.
“Electricity prices cannot skyrocket in such a crisis,” she said, referring to both the unprecedented cold spell and the Covid-19 epidemic. “The people’s minimum needs cannot be charged thousands of dollars.”
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