Residents of Texas are outraged by the payment of several tens of dollars for electricity. Moreover, Americans believe that the government should pay the bills, and the Texas government supports the position of the state’s residents.
Payments for more than ten thousand dollars
Due to the record low temperature for the state of Texas, which was almost completely covered with snow, most residents received payments of several tens of dollars. Electricity consumers said they received $ 16,000 in payments, and some retirees said they had to spend all their savings to repay the debt.
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The reason for sky-high payments
Because Texas has an independent power grid, with the onset of cold weather, when energy shortages failed to gain support from neighboring US states. As a result, the Texas Utilities Commission decided to raise energy prices at an emergency meeting last Monday (February 15th).
The Commission’s decision has affected people using variable rate tariffs. Such tariffs may be cheaper in the short term when the weather is stable, but now users of the variable rate tariff have suffered from price increases and are forced to pay exorbitant payments.
Spent all savings
The New York Times shared the story of a Dallas resident who was forced to spend all his savings to repay debts. Scott Willowby, a U.S. Army veteran and Dallasby, said he received a $ 16,000 bill due to the latest weather in Texas and spent all his savings to avoid going into debt.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has called for measures to ensure that Texans “do not fall into the trap of sky-high energy bills.”
We are responsible for protecting Texans from surges in their electricity bills as a result of severe winter weather and power outages,
The governor remarked.
Mayor Sylvester Turner told CBS that he had submitted a bill to the state parliament to provide a “sufficient reserve” of electricity, but state leaders did not consider it.
All this was predictable. I wrote about this in 2011. And because of these exorbitant costs, they should not be borne by consumers. They are not to blame for what happened this week,
Also, Mr. Turner believes that the system is not able to cope with the challenges of storms caused by climate change, and the mayor of Fort Worth Betsy Price noted that assistance with the payment of bills should come from the Texas government and the federal government.
The answer of the White House
The White House in its official statement, as reported by BBC News Ukraine, said that state assistance may include:
- grants for temporary housing and home repairs,
- inexpensive loans to cover uninsured property costs,
- other programs that help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Incumbent President Joe Biden has already declared a major disaster regime in Texas as early as February 20, 2021, which will use more federal funds to help the state.
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