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World The state of Texas should cover residents' huge energy bills from last week's power outages, the mayor of Houston said

00:12  23 february  2021
00:12  23 february  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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  ERCOT Power Outage Map, Updates As Texas Winter Storm Leaves 1.8 Million Without Power Energy companies have been directed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to rotate power outages.Power Outage US reports that nearly two million Texans are without power as numerous energy providers implement controlled outages to control the flow of power. Texas is being hit by a winter storm and facing freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall.

a group of people cross country skiing on a snow covered slope: Pedestrians walk on an icy road on February 15, 2021 in East Austin, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather to Texas, causing traffic delays and power outages, and storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. Pedestrians walk on an icy road on February 15, 2021 in East Austin, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather to Texas, causing traffic delays and power outages, and storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation.
  • Texas should pay residents' huge energy bills from last week's storms, according to US officials.
  • Texans have reportedly been charged up to $US16,000 for electricity, after its wholesale price surged 10,000%.
  • Houston mayor Sylvester Turner, Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, and Sen. Ted Cruz said Texans shouldn't pay the price.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

US officials are calling on the state of Texas to pay residents' hefty utility bills, following winter-storm power outages that left millions without electricity or clean water.

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When freezing weather hit Texas on Monday, February 15, energy sources including natural-gas plants went offline and demand for electricity soared as people tried to stay warm. This caused a huge shortfall in energy, and the wholesale price of electricity surged 10,000%.

Some Texans were billed $US5,000 for less than a week of electricity during the blackout. One Texas veteran living in Dallas told The New York Times he'd received a $US16,000 electricity bill.

In an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said that Texans "getting these exorbitant electricity bills ... should not have to bear the responsibility" of paying them.

"Those exorbitant costs should be borne by the state of Texas and not the individual consumers who did not cause this catastrophe this week," he said.

Parts of Texas are being told they should not expect power tonight or even longer, as winter storms leave millions of Texans without power

  Parts of Texas are being told they should not expect power tonight or even longer, as winter storms leave millions of Texans without power Millions still don't have power in Texas, and Austin power providers have said outages will continue. Austin Energy said that outages will likely extend into Wednesday. The privately-owned Electric Reliability Council of Texas has not provided a clear timeline either. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Energy utility services across major cities in Texas, like Austin and Houston, have told residents to prepare for at least another night of power outages.


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Texans with fixed-rate plans won't be hit by the soaring electricity prices. But residents whose plans are tied to the wholesale market rate are seeing five-figure bills.

Turner said the Texas grid wasn't primarily designed for winter blizzards. He added that climate change was happening and "major storms can happen at any time."

"All of what happened this past week was foreseeable and preventable," Turner said.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who has been criticised for flying to Cancun to escape the Texas storms, echoed Turner's comments in a tweet on Sunday. "No power company should get a windfall because of a natural disaster, and Texans shouldn't get hammered by ridiculous rate increases for last week's energy debacle."

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  Fox News turns Winter Storm Uri into a cudgel to own the libs “It seems pretty clear that a reckless reliance on windmills is the cause of this disaster” in Texas, Tucker Carlson lied.As Vox’s Umair Irfan explained, the blackouts happened when the winter storm created a sudden spike in energy demand and hamstrung production of natural gas, coal, nuclear, and wind energy. The root problems (climate change aside) involve the state’s failure to winterize energy facilities and infrastructure in a region not accustomed to sustained freezing weather.

Federal emergency funds to help residents recover from the storms will also be put towards the costly bills, Texas Rep. Michael McCaul told CNN on Sunday.

The extortionate energy bills prompted the Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to meet with local lawmakers Saturday. "Texans who have suffered through days of freezing cold without power should not be subjected to skyrocketing energy bills due to a spike in the energy market," Abbott said at the meeting.

Following the meeting, regulators said Sunday that electricity companies were temporarily banned from cutting off Texans who haven't paid their energy bills yet.

On Saturday, President Joe Biden declared the storms a major disaster in Texas, allowing people in dozens of counties in the state to apply for federal funding.

The White House said this included grants for temporary housing, funding for home repairs, and "low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses."

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Nurses in Austin have been walking to work in the freezing conditions to help relieve coworkers and care for patients. © Getty Pedestrians walk on an icy road on February 15, 2021 in East Austin, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather to Texas, causing traffic delays and power outages, and storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation.

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