The mayor of Houston demanded that the state of Texas pay the huge electricity bills, which the locals are starting to receive after the blizzard, the frost and the series of troubles they endured.
It is not the people’s fault that the system did not cope – insists. And he’s not the only one who believes that. Some people found that they had to pay $ 16,000 for just a few days of consumption, when temperatures dropped to minus 18 degrees Celsius.
On the other hand, the family of an 11-year-old boy who died from the frost has sued the energy companies for negligence. And he’s asking for $ 100 million.
Bottled table water is delivered to many places in Texas, including Dallas. After a series of snow and frost storms, the state thawed. Temperatures rise again to 17-18 degrees Celsius, common temperatures for Texan winters. But many problems remain after last week’s shock.
Local: “We would also like to take another shower, but we have to wait until the water comes again.”
Even if the water flows back to the tap for about a third of Texas, locals are warned to boil it before drinking or using it for cooking.
Local: “I’ll be carrying water cans, probably a few more days …”
Many were unable to make repairs after the pipes cracked due to frost in unheated houses.
Local: “I know we have to wait two to three more weeks, because the installers are few and the problems are many. “
Last week, millions of Texas residents were left without electricity for days on end. When the power came on, it was used to heat homes. Now, the bills have started to come … They are huge for many!
Local: “The last thing I would think about, while trying to get gas and buy ladies, to make sure that my pipes don’t crack in the house, is the utility bill. I got a $ 7,000 bill. “
A first step taken by the Texas Public Utilities Commission was to temporarily ban billing or disconnection of non-paying customers.
Some officials – state and local – believe that the state of Texas should bear these unimaginable costs.
Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of San Antonio: „From my point of view, these bills must be sent to the Electricity Operator. Damn the payments, if the people of the state are made to pay for the disaster that was. “
Texas is one of the few US federal states that has an independent electricity grid. So when it ran out of energy due to the frost, Texas could not get help from neighboring states.
As a result, the Texas Public Utilities Commission decided at an emergency meeting a week ago to increase energy prices. The change has affected those who have chosen variable tariffs as a means of payment. They can be very small when it’s not cold, but they have become – lo and behold – huge, in exceptional cold conditions and after an energy crisis close to collapse.
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