The boy’s family sued the energy companies Entergy Corporation (energy supplier) and Ercot (manager of the power grid). He accuses them of “putting profits over people’s welfare.” As reported in the lawsuit, quoted by the BBC, the companies – although they had weather forecasts for at least a week ahead and the awareness that the energy system was not properly prepared for frosts – had not taken any action that could have prevented the crisis.
Cristian Pineda was found dead by his mother this morning in his bed. The family believes that the cause of death was hypothermia and the boy was previously healthy. The official results of the autopsy are not yet known.
Energy prices in Texas up by 10,000 tons percent
Due to the attack of winter, millions of Texas residents struggled with power cuts and, consequently, a lack of electrical heating. Ercot, commenting on the lawsuit by the Pineda family, argues, however, that the power cuts were necessary “to avoid a power outage across the state.
According to the lawsuit, Cristian Pineda’s family was without electricity for two days. The lawsuit also raised the allegation of insufficient communication between energy companies and electricity consumers – Pineda’s family claims that they had no information about how long the supply interruptions would last, and that they had not received a warning to leave the “stationary trailer” in which they lived.
According to Ercot, up to 4.5 million Texas residents might not have had electricity and heating at its worst. More than 30 people died after a winter attack. As reported by ABC News, some of them got CO poisoning when they used power generators. Up to 14 million Texas residents lacked clean drinking water, according to the Daily Mail.
People unaffected by a power cut also have a problem. The deregulation of the Texas energy system and its independence from other states caused electricity prices to soar by several thousand percent. As the Financial Times reported, state residents would get bills of thousands of dollars after the kilowatt-hour price rose from 12 cents to $ 9.
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